Court injunction prohibits Labatt workers from blocking entrance to plant

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Workers strike at the Labatt’s facility on Leslie Street in St. John’s. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court has sided with the employer of Labatt Breweries workers engaged in a wildcat strike for the last two weeks.

Justice Donald Burrage ordered that the workers must stop obstructing people entering and exiting Labatt’s facility on Leslie Street in St. John’s. He ruled that the workers must also take down their tents and remove other objects from the entranceway.

Burrage also ruled that the injunction will not be impacted by a change in the legality of the strike.

Members of Local 7004 of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees have been without a contract since March 31. They will be in the position to hold a strike vote Tuesday as of midnight.

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s edition of The Telegram.

Organizations: Labatt, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees

Geographic location: Leslie Street

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  • Labatt Drinker
    April 09, 2013 - 18:54

    I have no pity for workers that get paid in excess of $32.00 a hour. They get paid way to much for the amount of "work" they do. If anyone should be getting paid more, its the guy's carrying the beer up and down stairs and in and out of businesses when they are delivering it. I bet they don't get paid the "big bucks". They should close the plant down and ship in mainland beer. I still don't see a lack of Labatt's products anywhere yet.

    • Townie
      April 10, 2013 - 13:54

      $900 million plus last year in Canada, CHECK THE BONUS FOR TOP 40 EXCUTIVES OVER 1 BILLION $$. Think before speak!!!!!

    • BEA
      April 10, 2013 - 14:32

      Way to's this type of mentality that keeps NL workers paid less than other workers across the country. I hope that your employer decides to bring in mainland and/or foreign workers to replace you...but then you probably don't work! The guy carrying the beer up and down the stairs does deserve to be paid more - no arguments - so do many many other workers but they never will when there are people with your ATTITUDE. Start thinking before submitting stupidity.

  • suzanne
    April 09, 2013 - 08:51

    What kind of idiot(s) challenges people to boycott the brand that gives them a livelihood? Consider yourself lucky to have a job that pays you the wages and the benefits that you have and that you will receive well into retirement. The private sector is sick of you (all Unions) whining about paying into your own pension fund and looking to secure your own well being for the future. Wake up! It's 2013 you need to take some responsibility for your financial future. Companies (including government) can no longer afford to provide FULL benefit packages. Take a look around-countries are crumbling because governments (Greece etc) have gone bankrupt trying to pay out pensions. You will receive ZERO public support because guess what Blocker- we already have to pay for our own benefits-it's called life. Go ahead and be a moron and boycott the product that pays you, and when ABINBEV pulls out and you realize that you are qualified to do nothing else-get a job like the rest of us and smile while you pay for your own benefits and financial security for your OWN retirement.

  • Donald
    April 09, 2013 - 07:19

    Very well said, Blocker.

  • blocker
    April 08, 2013 - 19:03

    When people say justice is blind, they are not kidding. Once again a global corp. uses its might to suppress people. For those of you that are against the workers here are some things you should know about this company. The company worth is in excess 100 billion dollars. It recently paid its top 40 execs. approx. 2 BILLION dollars in bonuses, including 184 million to its ceo Carlos Brito. Since buying Labatt they have cut jobs, closed plants and transfered jobs out of the country. They not only cut the wages and benefits of union workers, but their salaried staff as well. Canada has some the highest margins in the world, making us a very profitable market, so when they tell you it is all about remaining competitive, don't believe it . It is about taking as much as they can from their workers and and the local economy as they can. They make BILLIONS of dollars in profit every year as is evidenced by the size of their bonus. When they take this money from their employees they hurt the local economy these workers support. So, support the workers and your economy, boycott all ABINBEV products, Stella, Bud, Blue,Keiths and dozens of other brands they produce. This company has become a role model for other companies. Their type of business is greed to the nth degree. These types of companies will not stop until they have everyone working for minimum wage and where will our economy be then.