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(en) Canada, Montreal, Second solidarity action with precarious Bell workers - FOR AN EFFECTIVE AND DISRUPTIVE PICKET LINE!

Date Sat, 26 May 2007 13:07:06 +0300

Wednesday June 6th at 9h00AM --- Mount-Royal Center --- 2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal Peel Metro station
The Workers? Solidarity Network (WSN) is calling for a second solidarity action with Bell workers for an effective and disruptive picket line during the annual meeting of Bell shareholders. Because the meeting begins at 9h30, let's be punctual and let us be numerous enough to ensure the success of our picket line. Let Bell's bosses know that their workers have had enough of their cuts!
Since 1990, in the name of competitiveness, Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) has consistently reduced its workforce. This past Mayday, 67 young workers from Bell, working at the Jean-Talon Tour, learned that their job was being transfered to India at the end of the month of May. 160 others will see their hours cut from 35 hours to 15 hours per week as of January 2008.
In 2012, workers who are members of the Association canadienne des employés en télécommunications (ACET) and of the Syndicat canadien des communications, de l'énergie et du papier (SCEP-FTQ) going on retirement will see their pension benefits reduced and eventually eliminated completely in 2016. These cuts will apply to all workers, unionized or not, working for BCE and its affiliates such as Bell, Aliant and Connexim.
As Bell pushes its workers towards precarity, we can see that for any
boss, large or small, putting profit before people is standard.

In response, the WSN organized a solidarity picket with Bell workers on
May 18. We paid a quick visit to Bell's Eaton Centre kiosk and then
picketed Bell's largest store in downtown Montreal. We blocked the doors,
emptying out the store, until police arrived. We then continued our picket
talking to potential customers and people passing by about the
struggle of Bell workers.

These solidarity actions are being organized to support the struggle of
Bell workers by encouraging the participation of people from the wider
working class community who are not directly affected by the conflict. We
must continue to stand in solidarity with Bell workers until their demands
are met. To this end, the Workers? Solidarity Network, a network of
workers committed to taking the struggle to the bosses by direct action,
is calling for a second solidarity picket on June 6 to join with Bell
workers and make it an effective and disruptive picket line. Using our
numbers and our solidarity, the only effective response to the bosses is
direct action!

For a fighting unionism!

The Workers? Solidarity Network (WSN)
For infos: 514-830-0066
* The Workers Solidarity Network, is a new worker's organisation based on direct democracy and direct action
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