Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
July 9, 2013
For Immediate Release
VITTORIA TRATTORIA FIRING UNFAIR
MUST NEGOTIATE WITH THE IWW OR FACE BOYCOTT
OTTAWA—The Industrial Workers of the World are picketing Vittoria Trattoria (William Street location) to defend a member unfairly fired on May 18, 2013.
After two years on the job, our member spoke up to demand fair treatment for his co-workers and to improve health and safety standards at the restaurant.
In response, Vittoria Trattoria summarily fired him. The manager did not give our member two weeks notice nor was he paid two weeks’ termination pay as required by the Employment Standards Act. His response to legitimate workplace concerns was to fire the worker and intimidate by example the restaurant’s remaining employees.
The IWW will continue to picket the restaurant to demand fair treatment for our member and for all Vittoria Trattoria employees. Our member is not the only worker who has faced this unacceptable behaviour.
The IWW is calling on Ottawans to not cross our picket line and to respect a boycott of both the William Street and Rivergate Way restaurants until management meets with our union to negotiate in good faith and to respond in a fair and meaningful way to our settlement offer.
Arbitrary firings and disrespect for the Employment Standards Act is rampant in Ottawa. Furthermore, wage theft is a growing trend among bosses who decide to not pay some or all of the wages, severance pay and other benefits earned by their employees. Workers can win these fights when they unite and take action.
For more information, please contact Heather Bostelaar, IWW Organizer, 613-618-9459