- Monday, 23 January 2012
- Nichola G. Richer
The past year has been particularly difficult for thousands of workers across Quebec and the rest of Canada. Workers have had to deal with back-to-work legislation, the closing down of various factories, and defeats at the negotiating table. On New Year’s Eve, Rio Tinto Alcan managers met to discuss the rejection of the proposed collective agreement of the three union units at the plant in Alma, Quebec. Overnight, the bosses sent security guards into the factory to remove the workers there — a lockout was declared. The plant employs close to 800 workers and is one of the largest aluminum producers in North America.