On the day before the OFL rally in London, community members and allied trade unionists in Toronto, Hamilton, Peterborough and Kingston held a coordinated day of action against CAT retailer Battlefield CAT-Rentals. This action was carried out to show how simple it is for those outside CAW 27 to show solidarity with their working class brothers and sisters, and to hopefully inspire other people to get involved in broadening the battle against Caterpillar to include new fronts.
Below is the text of a broadsheet that was handed out at the rally in London on January 21st. You can download the broadsheet here:
On Friday, January 20th cities across Ontario held information pickets in support of the workers in an attempt to mobilize community members to act against a union-busting employer. Secondary pickets—against Battlefield Cat Rental—were held in Toronto, Hamilton, Peterborough, and Kingston.
Protest signs and work boots hang off a fence at the front gate of the Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London Ont. on Jan. 21 Photo: Mick Sweetman
By Alex Balch
There was little to celebrate this New Years Eve for workers at the Electro-Motive Canada (EMC) plant in London, Ontario. As midnight struck, the factory's 465 employees found themselves locked out of their workplace and forced into a labour dispute with one of the largest industrial equipment manufacturers in the world – Caterpillar Inc (CAT).
Electromotive diesel is locked out by Caterpillar inc. Caterpillar has record profits but wants to cut wages by 50% and remove all benefits. This after Caterpillar recevied help from the Harper Goverment (The tax payer)..
Filmed and Edited by Mike Roy
Filmed in London Ontario Canada
Filmed with a camera on loan from my friend Tammy :)