Striking Zellers Workers to Picket HBC Headquarters in Toronto

August 11, 2009, 2:42 PM EST


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Zellers warehouse workers who face a demand for major concessions from their employer, including a $16,000 reduction in salary, are heading to Hudson's Bay Company headquarters in Toronto for a demonstration at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 12, insisting the company get back to the bargaining table. 

Zellers Workers Protest at HBC Headquarters
When: Wednesday August 12, 2009 @ 11:00 a.m.
Where: 401 Bay Street (Simpson Tower)
 Toronto, Ontario
 (Outside the main doors on the southeast corner of Bay Street and Queen Street)

Warehouse workers at the Zellers Distribution Centre in Scarborough were forced out on strike July 16 after the company tabled a list of take-it-or-leave-it concessionary demands that include wage cuts of over 30 per cent, increasing the use of temporary agency workers, eliminating severance pay language, undermining seniority rights and creating a two-tiered vacation system, among other items.

The company has refused to negotiate with the union since July 14.

"Retail workers in this country have suffered from low wages and poor workplace standards for too many years," said CAW Local 1000 Zellers warehouse unit chairperson Stephen Moses. "Our members are taking a stand to maintain the standard of living we have worked so hard to win over the years on behalf of all workers in this sector. And we're not going to back down until the company agrees to bargain with us."

This demonstration is the latest in a series of public actions taken by the striking workers, which included a protest at the company's Brampton warehouse on July 31 and a demonstration at the grand opening of a new Zellers Superstore in Toronto on August 6.

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