October 26, 2020
ST. JOHN’S–Striking Dominion workers have relocated their secondary picket line from the Loblaw Distribution Centre to Weston's Bakery, located at 17 Bruce St., Mount Pearl. The bakery is owned by George Weston Ltd., which also operates Dominion’s parent company Loblaw Companies Limited.
“Strike activity will continue to escalate as long as Loblaw Co. refuses to come to the negotiating table in good faith,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
A ruling on the injunction application filed by Loblaw Companies Limited to prevent picketing at the distribution centre is expected to be handed down at 11 a.m. NDT this morning.
Unifor will reach out today to ask government appointed mediator Susan Whitten to bring the parties back to the negotiating table to settle the ongoing strike.
“Loblaw Co. has seriously underestimated their workers, both in value and determination,” said Unifor 597 President Carolyn Wrice.
The workers are now in week ten of strike action, after overwhelmingly rejecting Loblaw’s offer. More than half of the workers earn the provincial minimum wage of $12.15, despite serving their communities during COVID-19.
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