Support Boycott of Petro Canada

December 6, 2008, 11:00 AM EST

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The struggle of 260 Petro Canada refinery workers in Montreal who have been locked out for more than a year by an employer attempting to break pattern bargaining was front and centre at CAW Council.

Delegates were urged to boycott Petro Canada products in support of these workers, who are members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP).

CEP President David Coles told delegates in an address that Petro Canada makes billions in profits yet it not only refused to sign an agreement based on the national pattern settlement, it also put all kinds of concession demands on the table.

Coles urged delegates to support the boycott by refusing to buy Petro Canada products, by picking a Petro Canada station and picketing outside for a few hours, and by providing financial support to the locked out workers.

Coles said 10 months into the lock out the company forced a vote on the workers who demonstrated their determination and solidarity by rejecting it by 96 per cent. He said many of the members are young women and men with only a few years seniority.

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