Labatt, NAPE spar over lack of bargaining
Striking workers at a St. John's brewery and Labatt are blaming each other for dragging out the dispute.
About 50 workers at the Labatt facility on Leslie Street, in the western end of downtown St. John's, have been on strike since April 10.
The plant had been earlier hit by a wildcat strike that was triggered when managers asked workers to train replacement workers.
NAPE president Carol Furlong said Labatt has failed to live up to public statements that the company is interested in returning to the bargaining table.
"While the conciliator has made repeated attempts, the employer has failed to return to the bargaining table," Furlong said in a statement.
Labatt fired back Friday with a statement of its own, saying the union has not been serious about resolving the dispute.
"We are happy to return to [the] table if [the] union commits to a constructive dialogue that leads to a deal that is fair and equitable for the long term," Wade Keller, Labatt's director of corporate affairs, said in a statement.
The company said it wanted NAPE "to commit to negotiations, not rhetoric."
The Labatt plant remains in production.