Wages key issue for employees at private manufacturer of cookies, candy and flavoured syrups.
St. John's (6 Sept. 2010) - Purity Factories Ltd. workers in St. John’s are on the picket line after being locked out by the company.
Susan Reid (left) and Pauline Power - Telegram photo
The employees are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE). Contract negotiations broke off Aug. 23.
NAPE president Carol Furlong says the main issue is wages. Nearly half of the 52 employees forced out by the company have worked at Purity for more than 30 years. Another five have worked there for more than 20 years.
Established in 1924, the privately held business manufactures cookies, candy and flavoured syrups.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE