BÉCANCOUR — After 16 weeks of lockout, the unionized employees of the Bécancour Smelter to continue to receive support. This time, on Thursday, it was the turn of the coordinator-québec international Association of machinists and workers aerospace (IAMAW), David Chartrand, landed on the picket line with a check of $ 20,000.
“Your fight is just and we wanted to express our moral support in person”, he launched the group lockoutés. “We wish you a proper settlement, and the aluminum is very important in the aerospace industry,” says the guest of the day.
The representative of the executive of the local 9700 of the united Steelworkers Union, Éric Drolet, has welcomed this support. “We’re not going to go to knees inside”, he stated.
The latter is waiting for a decision of the administrative Tribunal of the work to stop the use of strike-breakers at the ABI. The union has argued its request, Tuesday, in Quebec city.
Following a survey carried out on 24th April last by the department of Labor, accompanied by union representatives, the union has found the presence of four persons who carried out the work normally performed by workers in a lock-out or replacing personnel assigned to the work of union members.
This process occurs at the same time as the special mediator Lucien Bouchard tries to bring the parties and that the employer is to prepare a new proposal. And next week, a trade union delegation will travel to Pittsburgh for the protest on the sidelines of the annual meeting of shareholders of Alcoa.