Workers at Browning Harvey trying to fight off company plan to cut jobs
St. John’s (23 June 2006) - Employees of Browning Harvey, which makes Pepsi products in Newfoundland and Labrador, have been engaged in a legal strike since May 29. The major issue is a company plan to eliminate jobs.
To combat the walkout, the company has been shipping in replacement products from the mainland to restock its dwindling supplies.
Now the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE), which represents the workers, is asking the public to extend the boycott announced by the union earlier to include imported Pepsi products.
The company has been shipping in replacement products since June 9.
NAPE President Carol Furlong says that buying Pepsi products made outside the province could result in the loss of local jobs.
“NAPE is asking the public to boycott Pepsi products to send Browning Harvey a strong message - keep those jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
NAPE is the province’s largest union with more than 21,000 members. It represents workers in the government, health care, education, corrections, food processing, hospitality, retail, security and financial sectors. NUPGE