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Striking forestry workers rally in Nanaimo

By Andrew Duffy
Victoria Times Colonist
November 6, 2019
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hundreds of unionized forest workers on strike since July 1 turned up the heat on Western Forest Products Wednesday by taking the fight to the company’s front door in Nanaimo. In what was a peaceful, but pointed demonstration of solidarity, workers came by the busload from all over the Island and the Sunshine Coast to march on Western’s corporate offices in Nanaimo’s city centre. …“The younger generation may not understand why we are doing this, but my grandparents and I fought for this [contract] and we are not about to go backwards,” said Sylvia Catchpole, who has worked for Western for 43 years at Cowichan Bay. “We fight for the generations to come.” …Many of the younger workers attending Wednesday’s rally did not want to be interviewed, with one suggesting they didn’t want to stand out for fear Western could make life difficult for them when they do go back to work.

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