Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees president Carol Furlong. — Telegram File photo
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) says the use of replacement workers during a strike at the Labatt Brewery Co. plant in St. John’s is contributing to workplace injuries and accidents.
“There are reports of workplace injuries, accidents, and potential violations of the province’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) legislation involving replacement workers at the Labatt plant,” NAPE President Carol Furlong said in a news release. “We have a situation at the plant where ill-trained and inexperienced workers are crossing a picket line to operate complex equipment and deal with potentially dangerous chemicals and caustic materials. This is a recipe for disaster.”
Furlong said, in the past few days, NAPE has become aware of a serious injury sustained by a replacement worker while on the assembly line as well as a chemical spill of a caustic substance outside the building. “These incidents support our call for the government to enact anti-scab legislation,” Furlong said.
The plant has been operated by replacement workers since unionized workers there began a strike on April 10 of this year.