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CLC Joins Labatt's imported beer boycott

More than 3 million Canadians are now being urged to put pressure on highly profitable multinational to treat its workers in Newfoundland and Labrador with respect.

Ottawa (09 Aug. 2013) - As the strike by nearly 50 Labatt workers in St. John's drags into its fourth month, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is now calling on its 3.3 million members to boycott the beers imported into Canada by the highly profitable multi-national corporation that owns Labatt.

Boycott Labatt import products

The CLC's boycott, which includes such popular brands as Beck's and Stella Artois, is meant to put pressure on Labatt (Anheuser-Busch InBev) to stop using scab labour at its St. John's brewery, take its concessions off the bargaining table, and forge a fair agreement with its striking workers. The boycott does not include Labatt beers brewed in Canada by other unionized workers.

The complete list of import brands included in the boycott is:

  • Stella Artois
  • Stella Artois Light
  • Beck's
  • Brahma
  • Hoegaarden
  • Leffe
  • Staropramen
  • Boddingtons
  • Bass
  • Löwenbräu
  • Ozujsko Pivo

NAPE/NUPGE members on strike for over four months

The members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) who work for Labatt have been on strike since April 10. Delegates at the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) of which NAPE is a Component voted unanimously to support a union-wide boycott of products at its National Convention in Ottawa in June.

"Our members are grateful for the support of workers from coast to coast to coast through this boycott," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President. "It is this kind of solidarity that will demonstrate to this multi-national corporation that workers in Canada, and around the world, will not allow this race to the bottom to be played out on the backs of workers, their families or their communities."

More information:

Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) Boycott page

Appeal for support from striking Labatt workers

Boycott Labatt Facebook page

LabourStart Labatt campaign

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