CFN – I have always felt that workers needed protection from abusive management. As a young person I worked in factories and the hospitality trades; both areas famous for being tough and hard jobs tough on their employees.
The Union movements were needed when created, but what’s happened over the years? Where is the protection and support for workers?
Covering stories here in Cornwall there is one stream of consistency other than abuses by City management, and that’s the capitulation of Unions in protecting their employees? Is it fear of losing jobs or unionization? Is it capitulation to management? Has the union movement simply been infiltrated and taken over by people like Labour Council Poobah Elaine MacDonald here in Cornwall Ontario?
Ms MacDonald is also a city Councilor. Recently I covered an event here in Cornwall; a protest over the Harper government proposed cuts to Pensions.
I asked Elaine what she thought about Loblaws shutting down their distribution centre in Montreal, and the loss of jobs to 600 or so unionized staff making between $20-$30 per hour and opening a centre here in Cornwall that would be a non-union plant.
What was most disturbing about her answers was the complete lack of compassion and empathy for those about to lose their jobs.
I spoke with Ms Julija Hunter from Loblaws who had the following to say:
“At this time, I’m not in a position to discuss future plans for our land in Cornwall or discuss our supply chain network strategy as it pertains to Montreal.”
What do you think valued viewers of the Cornwall Free News? Is Cornwall about to become a haven for companies trying to ditch Unions, language laws, and high taxes in Quebec in favour of lower cost non-union labour here in Cornwall Ontario?
Is Loblaws being fair to its workforce if it does this or just trying to survive against the brutal competition from Walmart as it encroaches more and more into the grocery biz?
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