"If they think
I'm going to be dictated to by priests,
lawyers or gangsters
from Chicago, they've
another thing coming."
OCI wants a 40% wage cut from the crew of the Newfoundland Lynx..
The issue is plan and it is simple.
The company wants to rob their crew by replacing them with others who will high grade the product for a lot less reward. They want to strip workers of the bonuses they have received via profit sharing, and make them do the same work for a much lesser return.
The FFAW is not prepared to throw it's members to the wolves, and why would they? OCI keeps putting on it's poor mouth in the hopes that it can continue to make higher profits off public resources by offering fewer benefits and less salaries to its workers. To paraphrase Gorden Inglis ,Their fortunes and
misfortunes,are to be found in the entries of the merchants' ledgers. In this case OCI.
The situation in Bay Roberts may be this generations Burgeo. Enough is enough! OCI should look at the history of the last outfit that tried to dictate the terms without any regard for the rights of workers. The
battle in Burgeo took on historic proportions when Spencer Lake attempted to bring in scabs to do the work of unionized workers. The strikers
frustration in an outburst of anger, damaging plant premises.
What is the sense of collective bargaining if they employer is able to lock-out workers, strip them of a livelihood by replacing them with SCABS! These are not replacement workers, these are people who are prepared to work for less in the jobs, that up to this point, had been done by the union members.
Fisheries Minister Darin King is calling for calm. He is calling on the strikers to abandon their illegal blockade, which is preventing scabs from boarding the boat. OCI won a court injunction to keep the crew
of the Newfoundland Lynx, away from the ship during but the workers are continuing to picketing the vessel at Harbour International's wharf in Bay Roberts.
OCI is treating the
union and the workers with contempt. As usual the message is our way or the highway, and the government is enabling strikebreaking by not passing progressive anti-scab legislation.
Some battles are worth fighting. This is one of them!