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(en) Strike! August issue - TorStar On the Rampagenorth america / mexico / workplace struggles / news report Workers Fight For Equality

Date Wed, 17 Aug 2005 12:36:23 +0300


HAMILTON - TorStar, the corporation that owns the Toronto Star, controls
virtually all southern Ontario newspaper media west of Toronto. A six month
strike of 60 inserters, press operators, and pre-production staff working for
a company owned by TorStar has been virtually silenced thanks to TorStar’s reach.
HAMILTON - TorStar, the corporation that owns the Toronto Star, controls
virtually all southern Ontario newspaper media west of Toronto. A six month
strike of 60 inserters, press operators, and pre-production staff working for
a company owned by TorStar has been virtually silenced thanks to TorStar’s reach.
Brabant Newspapers is owned by CityMedia Group, and publishes five local papers
in the Hamilton area. On strike since last December, Brabant workers are fighting
for pay equity. Twenty-six of the strikers are women, who earned a
maximum of $8.99/hour about $1.52 less than male counterparts.

The company hired strike breakers, and waited six months before
closing the inserting operation in Brabant, firing all 26 women
seeking pay equity, and threatening to fire any remaining strikers
who did not surrender.

In June, ten of the fired women workers occupied TorStar CEO Rob
Pritchard’s Yonge Street offices, forcing him back to the table.
TorStar returned to the table only to make a final offer with no
improvements, without even allowing for the re-instatement of
fired workers.

Throughout the TorStar media empire, in places like Hamilton,
Kitchener-Waterloo, and Guelph, not to mention Toronto, there is
good reason to be concerned. CityMedia reported that they squeezed
an extra $7.7 million from their workers in the first half of 2004
alone.

CEO Rob Pritchard recently gave himself a 13% raise, more than 3
times what the 60 workers, added together, are seeking per year.
The union, the CEP (Communication, Energy, and Paperworkers Union),
is calling for a boycott of all TorStar products. If you would like
to let TorStar and Brabant know how you feel about their attacks on
workers and women, call:

Robert Prichard,
Torstar Corporate Office, One Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada, M5E 1P9;
Telephone: (416) 869-4010;
Fax: (416) 869-4183;
Email: torstar@torstar.ca

OR

Jagoda Pike;
City Media; 44 Frid Street ; Hamilton, ON, L8N 3G3;
phone: 905-526-3431;
Email: jpike@thespec.com

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Article from Strike!
by mick Sunday, Aug 14 2005, 8:55pm

sorry I forgot to include this note when I submitted the article.


by Wesley Morgan - Punching Out (NEFAC) Sunday, Aug 14 2005, 8:07pm
punchingout@nefac.net address: PO box 79538, 1995 Weston Rd., Toronto,
Ontario, M9N 3W9, Canada
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This article is from the August issue of Strike! - A newsletter of
anarchist news and commentary published in Ontario, Canada.
To download a pdf file of the newsletter go to:
http://users.resist.ca/~gidget/nefac/strike/aug_strike1.PDF


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