Thursday, September 20, 2007

Threats of criminal charges for striking workers

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the Alberta Building Trades Council have taken out ads warning carpenters they could face criminal charges or civil action if they don't return to work.

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Anonymous said...

The Alberta Labour Code is dead!

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has dealt a fatal blow to these oppressive Labour Laws and the future for Canadians in Alberta is beginning to have promise.

Saturday, September 22, 2007 the funeral for the Alberta Labour Code will be held at the Alberta Labour Relations Board - 10808 - 99 Avenue at 12 noon and a Funeral parade will head to the Alberta Legislative building where the Alberta Labour Code will be put to rest.

Come one, come all and take part in this historic event in Alberta Labour history!

Union activist plans funeral for labour code

After being fired from his job following last week's union demonstrations, electrician Eric Klyne is keeping busy - by planning a funeral for Alberta's Labour Code.

An announcement for the Sept. 22 funeral - which Klyne called a "symbolic gesture" of an end to unjust labour laws - ran in yesterday's Edmonton Sun alongside two other ads placed by union representatives.

Both the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the Alberta Building Trades Council took out ads calling on tradespeople across the province to return to work after a week of labour unrest.

The union ads acknowledge the inequities of Alberta's labour laws and assured union members that legal action is being taken to reform legislation.

The carpenters union warned dissenters of the negative consequences of refusing to work, "such as criminal charges or civil lawsuits against individual carpenters."

Neither Martyn Piper, spokesman for the carpenters union nor Ron Harry, executive director for ABTC, were available to comment on the ads.

Klyne said "only a handful" of workers haven't returned to their jobs and called the threats of criminal charges "scare tactics."

He said the commitment from union leaders to fight labour laws is a positive development, but credited the actions of demonstrators for prompting such action to be taken.

Klyne claimed his employer has yet to give him a reason for his recent dismissal. He said he plans to file a grievance with the union.