BONFIELD, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Sept. 11, 2013) – Paul Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), along with CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), will lead a solidarity rally for the striking Bonfield municipal workers on Thursday, September 12, at noon (12:00 p.m.). Henri Giroux, President of the North Bay and District CUPE Council will also attend the rally.
"On Tuesday the Mayor of Bonfield fired five workers without true cause," said Steve Boyle, CUPE national representative for CUPE 4616-2. "Firing workers in the middle of a strike is not a tactic that will end the strike that is hurting the Bonfield community – sooner or later the Mayor will have to sit down and negotiate with us to end this strike."
"Our leaders and supporters will be here on Thursday to show solidarity and stand with our members for fairness as they fight for a fair contract," continued Boyle. On strike since August 1, the 16 workers were forced into a defensive strike to fight off concessions, including the threat of contracting-out services.