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Justice for L’Amour textile workers!


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Justice for L’Amour textile workers!!!

The Struggle Continues: Support Picket with Immigrant Textile workers ::
Justice for L’Amour textile workers!!!

Monday July 14th, 2008
35 Port-Royal East.
Port-Royal and St. Laurent.
(metro Sauve)or 55 north from metro De castelnau get off at Port-Royal

On Monday July 14th, a group of textile workers once again will go
in front of the Labour relations board to demand justice and respect.
This fight is now in its 10th month in the courts and in the public.
for proper compensation from the apparel company, L’Amour Inc.

As the workers themselves state “we were unceremoniously laid off in
2007” Many of the workers had been working for over 10 years, some of
them had worked there for over 20 years.

During this time, Lamour Inc. has become a very profitable company for its
owners. It goes without saying, that it was principally years of
workers hard work that produced for this company. Lamour Inc. boasts
that it is a leading company in the apparel industry and has operations
in places like China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India with over 2500
workers worldwide.
A long-time partner of the retail giant Walmart, it recently broke into
the US market last July, 2007 by taking over, Terramar Sports, a company
based in Tarrytown, New York.

Yet the daily conditions of the workers resembled more and more
conditions from the early 1900’s. The campaign is also to highlight
their daily injustices in the factory.

::Testimony from the L’Amour Workers Committee::

Despite this, many of us suffered horrible working conditions over
the years. One example of this was being locked in during the night
shift. Under these conditions, we were always in danger of being
trapped and burned alive in the case of an industrial fire.

For those of us doing piece work we were not paid when our machines broke
down and we could not produce our quota. Even then, we could not go home

because the doors were locked. Some of us were forced to have our meals at
our stations while we continued to work, which meant that we virtually had
no breaks.

As if this was not bad enough, we felt deceived when a union was set up in

2004 that we believe to be a “pro-management” union to prevent us from
organizing ourselves into a genuine and militant workers’ union that would
have fought for our rights, our jobs and our dignities. After years of
collecting our union dues, we feel this union has not produced positive
results for the workers’ conditions, welfare and job security.

We wish to expose Lamour Inc. as leading nothing in this industry but the
art of exploiting workers. Our demands are simple. We want to be
compensated fairly for the years of loyalty we’ve shown this company. Most
of all, we want our dignity back and call for justice for the dismissed
L’Amour workers!

Again the Lamour workers committee and the Immigrant Workers Centre
is calling for support to show that an injury to one is an injury to

Justice for textile Workers!!

Textile Workers Campaign is endorsed and support by:
-The Immigrant Workers Centre
-Centre for Philippine Concerns
PINAY – Filipino Women’s Organization of Quebec
Solidarity Across Borders
No One Is Illegal

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