Robert: Striking Dominion workers urge company to donate perishables to local food banks
As Dominion works across the province man the picket lines, they are urging Loblaws, Dominion’s parent company, to donate perishables that would otherwise go to waste to local food banks.
“We are aware that there are perishables in the stores and there are people in need across Newfoundland,” says Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Unifor has reached out to Loblaw Companies Limited to inform that our frontline grocery members are willing to assist any way we can to get the perishables out of the stores and into the hands of not-for-profit organizations that would distribute the food.”
“Ironically some of Dominion’s own workers utilize local food banks so we are keenly aware of the need in our communities,” said Unifor Local 597 President Carolyn Wrice. “The workers are taking a stand to raise working conditions for themselves and to draw attention to the poverty wages that profitable grocery giants like Loblaw continue to pay.”
More than 1,400 workers at 11 Dominion locations across Newfoundland went on strike this past Saturday after contract negotiations between their union and Loblaws fell trough.