Rally to support Steelworkers draws thousands to downtown Hamilton

February 1, 2011 at 2:13pm

Thousands of unionized workers and supporters rallied in downtown Hamilton on Saturday, January 29, 2011 to support 900 sisters and brothers from Steelworkers Local 1005. The workers were locked out by U.S. Steel in the beginning of November last year after the workers rejected major pension concessions demanded by their employer.

Busloads of labour activists and local workers arrived in Hamilton ready to show their solidarity with the locked out workers and demand that the Federal government do more to protect our hard-earned pensions and prevent this kind of situation from happening again. The Conservative Federal government allowed U.S. Steel to purchase Stelco in 2007 and U.S. Steel has since broken a number of production and employment promises it made at the time of purchase.

“Good Canadian jobs, secure income and pensions that people can live on – those should be major issues in the next Federal election,” says Local 175 President Shawn Haggerty. “This government clearly doesn’t care about working Canadians. This foreign-owned company attacked these workers’ livelihoods and now they’re left to fend for themselves. What kind of job prospects and future can we look forward to if we don’t fix this soon?”

The hope for the rally was to send a strong, clear and unified message to U.S. Steel, the government and corporations that our pensions and retirement security are not for sale.
View photos of the rally.