Workers at a Winnipeg malting plant who have been on strike since December 9 will be joined on the picket line today by a group of their supporters.
Members of various unions will join the UFCW Local 832 workers in a solidarity rally to support the 22 Malteurop striking employees.
“It is unfortunate that the plant members at Malteurop are being treated this way,” said UFCW Local 832 President Robert Ziegler. “We have invited the labour community to come out and show their support for the Malteurop members in obtaining a fair collective agreement.”
The issues at large are concessions on the employee’s pension and benefits, which the union says the company has failed to remove. The union also wants to stop the company from splitting the bargaining unit by implementing changes that would affect new hires.
The Malteurop plant at 3001 Dugald Road is the exclusive distributor of malt for the Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick. They also provide malt for micro-brewery Half-Pints in Winnipeg.
The rally will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.