More than 70 Unifor members turned out on February 3 to support workers forced on strike by Vast Auto. The company walked away from the bargaining table rather than raise poverty-level wages.
“This rally shows the tremendous support for these workers across our union, it really means a lot to them,” said Unifor National Representative Paulo Ribeiro.
The 29 workers on strike, seeking to negotiate the second collective agreement, are members of Local 1285.
“This company makes large profits off the backs of workers by exploiting a workforce of marginalized workers and immigrants hired through temporary agencies.”
Most workers at the Brampton location make about $12.70 per hour and pay for their own benefits. None make more than $14.80 while in Montreal, Vast Auto workers make between $18 to $21.80 per hour.
The rally took place at the Vast Auto location in Scarborough a week to the day after Vast Auto walking away from the table. In addition to the rally Unifor members leafletted and urged customers not to shop at Vast Auto until a fair deal is reached.
Supporters can continue to show solidarity by joining the picket line at 10 Driver Road in Brampton.