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(en) Canada, Montreal, Still a lock-out in the Old Port? Solidarity Picket 2!

From nefac montréal <nefacmtl@yahoo.fr>
Date Tue, 10 Jun 2003 22:26:11 +0200 (CEST)

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> A call from Groupe anarchiste Bête Noire local member of the
> Northeastern Federation of Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC).
> SOLIDARITY PICKET 2 Sunday June 15th, Noon Meet at : Métro Place d'Armes
Last Sunday, June 8th, members of Groupe anarchiste
Bête Noire and a few supporters went to do our first
"Solidarity Picket" with the locked-out workers of the
Old Port. We can say without a doubt that it was a
success. We were able to easily get by the security
lines at the entrances and then distribute a few
hundred union leaflets on site. Many people to who we
passed out leaflets weren't aware of the lock-out and
were surprised that many business were still operating
on the site(Imax, Cirque du Soleil). Despite
videotaping, physical intimidation and general
harrassement from private security(hired as scabs), we
were able to stay and picket for more than one hour
within the lines that are off-limits for the
locked-out workers. At the same time of our action,
the locked-out union members held a noisy
demonstration on Rue de la Commune that ended at the
bosses offices at 333 west of that street. (For more
information on the lock-out, see our original call
below. For more information and pictures of our June
8th action, follow www.nefac.net)

Once again, we call on all supporters of this struggle
and those who want to fight the repressive labour laws
of Quebec to join us Sunday June 15th, at the exit of
Métro Place d'Armes. We will go again to the Old Port
to show our solidarity with the locked-out workers and
defy the injunctions the Old Port bosses are using to
break the workers strength. Bring your kids!
Experience has proven to us that the security is
easier on us when kids are present...



Sunday June 15th, Noon
Meet at : Métro Place d'Armes

For months, the 360 employees of La Société du
Vieux-Port, many of whom, but not all, are young
students, have been asking for pay raises and more job
security. During a 48 hour strike for recognition of
their demands, their bosses at La Société du
Vieux-Port decided to lock them out. Locked-out since
the 25th of May, the employees of the Old Port,
members of unions 1033 and 1-A-333 of CUPE, are now
victims of injunctions from the court that are making
an efficient picketing of the site impossible.

The court has imposed a limit of 6 picketers per
entrance to the site. This has had the effect of
calming the lines that were beforehand very noisy and
energetic. When the lock-out started, it wasn't
unusual to see 25-30 picketers occupy an entrance(and
this at multiple entrances), having their presence
felt strongly throughout the Old Port despite some
police harassement.

Plus, locked-out employees are also being harrassed
and repressed by a Private Security Force, hired by La
Société du Vieux-Port to prevent union members to
access the site (wich is still partially open with
IMAX and Le Cirque du Soleil still running)

La Société du Vieux-Port thinks it can get away with
everything! Locking-out employees while trying to
continue to operate a tourist site in peace and
harmony! This is nonsense...


Yes! While the union members aren't allowed to be more
than 6 on a picket line, we, supporters of the
struggle, can be as many as we want!

While the union memers can't enter the site, we,
supporters of the struggle, can all we want to!

We'll show the small-time boss administrators of La
Société du Vieux-Port that they can't lock-out workers
without paying the price. We'll show the court that
picket lines can still be disruptive and that their
injunction has for us no function!

Sunday June 15th at Noon, we invite you to assemble
with us at Place d'Armes métro stop. Then, we will go
to the Old Port for a solidarity picket with the
locked-out employees.


Sunday June 15th, Noon
Meet at : métro Place d'Armes

A call from Groupe anarchiste Bête Noire
local member of the Northeastern Federation of
Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC).

Contact : bxn@nefac.net
Web site : www.nefac.net

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