Job action set to become legal later this week
A wildcat strike involving workers at a Labatt Breweries Newfoundland facility in St. John’s is now two weeks old. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram
It has now been two weeks since workers at a Labatt Breweries Newfoundland facility in St. John’s walked off the job as part of a wildcat strike.
By Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, the 50 workers involved will be in a legal strike position. They initially walked off the job after Labatt informed its employees that it expected them to train replacement workers coming from outside the province.
The workers and Labatt have been engaged in collective bargaining. Replacement workers are now taking shifts at the St. John’s facility, while striking workers have maintained a presence in front of the plant day and night.
Half a dozen workers were standing in front of the Labatt bottling plant on Leslie Street Sunday afternoon. Amongst the signs placed outside the facility was one that read, “Scab labour scab beer.”
Reached Sunday by The Telegram, a spokesman for the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) said it was not commenting on the situation at this time.
The workers were previously involved in a 21-day strike in 2005. Job action that year was also preceeded by a wildcat strike influenced by the company’s decision to use management workers from outside the province to operate the plant in the event of a strike. Workers eventually voted to ratify an eight-year deal.