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CURC Area Councils support Caterpillar workers

CURC members were among the 15,000 who supported workers on the Caterpillar line at a rally in January.

CURC members were among the 15,000 who supported workers on the Caterpillar line at a rally in January.

Members of the CURC area councils of London – Stratford – Woodstock – St Thomas and Ingersoll; Hamilton; and Waterloo region all took part in a rally of approximately 15,000 people held January 21. in support of workers at Caterpillar’s Electro-Motive plant in London. CURC members showed up when the plant closed in solidarity with the workers who were so badly treated.

Electro-Motive, which had produced quality locomotives for over 60 years in London, was bought by Caterpillar in June, 2010. The Investment Canada Act is supposed to govern such purchases to protect Canadian interests. In this case there was very little review and the federal government has failed to disclose the terms of the purchase despite repeated calls to do so.

Harper, in the last election, staged a photo op at the factory to illustrate his government’s commitment to job creation. Seven months later, Caterpillar tabled a final offer that would have cut workers’ pay and benefits by 50%. When the workers refused to sign, Caterpillar locked them out on January 1, 2012 and then shut the plant  and then closed the plant with loss of 800 good jobs on February 3.

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