Plywood is placed over windows at Purity Factory on Blackmarsh Road in St. John's today. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram
Striking Purity Factory workers in St. John’s have been a regular fixture in front of the factory on Blackmarsh Road since the strike began, but this morning they were joined by security guards and contractors.
The 52 union workers at Purity Factory have been locked out since early September. There's been no production at the plant during that time.
The contractors today began putting sheets of plywood over the windows — one of the security guards said that several windows had been broken, and the plywood was for protection.
Some of the striking union members, however, said that the combination of security guards and boarded-up windows seemed like an intimidation tactic on the part of management — suggesting that the factory might be permanently shuttered.
However, by and large, on the picket lines workers remained in good spirits. One worker said they’ll be in front of the factory Sunday evening, ready to give out Purity products to any kids who are trick-or-treating in the area.