Locked-out workers at a Regina, Sask., refinery have called for a boycott of Federated Co-operatives Ltd.’s retail locations. According to Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, the union representing the workers, says they are looking for "a fair contract and the pension they were promised by FCL just two years ago."
Unifor says it will air ads on TV, radio and on billboards and set up pickets at Co-op’s retail locations across the country.
Federated Co-op responded to the announcement with a news release that called Unifor a “Toronto-based union” that “simply doesn’t understand the refining industry or the Western Canadian economy.”
The statement added that “Unifor has demonstrated that they have no respect for the hard-working truck drivers who haul fuel from our refinery and no respect for Western Canadian farmers who need fuel to dry and haul their grain during a very difficult crop year.”
Federated Co-operatives Limited is owned by more than 190 independent retail co-operatives in Western Canada, operating agro centres, food stores, gas bars, convenience stores and home centres.