Send a powerful message to AB InBev and Labatt that their treatment of workers in Newfoundland and Labrador is recognized as unacceptable across this country and around the world. Boycott Labatt products and tell Anheuser-Busch InBev why. UPDATED
St. John's (11 June 2013) – Workers at Labatt Brewery in St. John's have been on strike for over two months. Management appears not interested in reaching a fair and reasonable agreement with its members.
Labatt boycott launched
The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE), in conjunction with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL), held a press conference on June 10 regarding the ongoing strike at Labatt.
At the press conference, a boycott of Labatt and associated imports was announced.
Workers at Labatt, who are NAPE/NUPGE members, have been on strike since April 10, 2013.
Despite massive profits, employer is demanding major concession
Their employer, a huge multinational corporation, has made massive profits around the world. Despite this fact, the employer is asking for numerous concessions from their workers at the bargaining table.
Striking workers receiving support from around the province and country
At the press conference, NAPE/NUPGE thanked Newfoundlanders for their amazing support for the striking workers thus far and asked for their continued support in our call to boycott Labatt products until the members can reach a fair deal at the table to end this strike.
Labatt products to avoid
In Newfoundland, people are being urged to boycott include the following: Budweiser, Bud Light, Becks, Stella Artois, Labatt Blue, Labatt Lite, Blue Star, Alexander Keith’s, Labatt Maximum Ice, Jockey Club, Hoegaarden, Michelob, Kokanee, and Leffe.
In the rest of Canada, boycott: Stella Artois, Stella Artois Light, Becks, Brahma, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Staropromen, Boddingtons, Bass, Lowenbrau and Ozujsko Pivo.
Labatt Brewing Company (Labatt) is a member of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is the world’s largest brewer. It has annual revenue of approximately $40 billion. The company posted $9.4 billion in profit (post tax) in 2012. AB InBev has over 200 beer brands including three global brands: Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Beck’s.
National and international support
The Canadian Brewery Workers Alliance (CBWA), an organization that represents all Labatt Brewery Local Unions in Canada, is supporting the striking members by calling on its members to boycott all Labatt imports across Canada.
In addition, NAPE/NUPGE has received support and encouragement from members of AB InBev Global Brewery Workers Alliance, a sub-committee of the International Union of Food Workers. Support has been sent from their members around the globe from Argentina, to the United Kingdom, to Belgium to name a few.
This show of national and international support will send a powerful message to AB InBev and Labatt that their treatment of workers in Newfoundland and Labrador is recognized as unacceptable across this country and around the world.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE