Canadian Strikers Protest at Crown Holdings Annual Meeting

Apr 23, 2014, 13:01 ET from United Steelworkers (USW)

PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Striking Canadian workers represented by USW will protest at the Crown Holdings annual shareholders' meeting tomorrow to demand a negotiated settlement to their eight-month labour dispute.

WHO: Canadian workers on strike for eight months at Crown Holdings

WHAT: Protest at Crown Holdings shareholders' meeting

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: 1 Crown Way, Philadelphia
(Woodhaven Road exit off Roosevelt Blvd/PA 63)

Despite huge profits, Crown Holdings provoked a strike at its Toronto factory last September by demanding deep concessions from workers. Crown is attempting to impose a two-tier wage plan that permanently cut wages for young workers by 42%.

Over the last eight months, Crown has refused to negotiate a fair settlement to the dispute. It has recruited replacement workers to try to operate the Toronto plant, while tabling progressively worse offers to its regular employees to ensure it prolongs the strike.

Crown is undermining labour rights elsewhere in its global operations, including in Turkey where it recently fired activists who were leading a union organizing drive at the company's Turkish operations.

Meanwhile, Crown Holdings CEO John Conway is paid up to $14 million in annual compensation, or $7,000 per hour.

Workers at Crown plants in several countries have joined with international labour federations to launch a global campaign targeting Crown's corporate interests and lobbying for political action to support labour rights.

The protest by the striking Toronto employees will begin at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow outside the Crown shareholders' meeting, at 1 Crown Way.

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For further information:
Lawrence Hay, USW Staff representative, 416-807-8792, 
Stuart Deans, USW Staff representative, 647-226-8792, 
Shawn Gilchrist, USW Strategic Campaigns, 
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907, 
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, 
Candace Huntly, media liaison, 416-721-6858,

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)