From the Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch
Whereas, the railroad and the government has sought to blame the employees for the natural result of the combined reckless work rules and policies that undercut safety and even basic common sense.
Whereas, the Canadian Transportation Safety Board’s 18 causes for the disaster are all company policy driven.
Whereas, the MMA (Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway) has declared bankruptcy and will face no charges for their own negligence.
Whereas, two railroad workers face criminal charges and a life sentence for a tragedy caused by unsafe railroad management policies.
Whereas, the Ottawa – Outaouais IWW stand in solidarity with all workers facing unsafe work conditions and persecution from bosses and state agents.
Be it resolved that, the Ottawa – Outaouais IWW fully endorses the Railroad Workers United hardingdefense.org campaign to have all charges dropped against railroad workers Tom Harding and Richard Labrie.
Solidarity with the victims. Solidarity with the workers. Hold the bosses to account!