On the Picket Line with Metro Grocery Workers at 89 Gould Street

By Barry Weisleder | Socialist Action Canada

Members of the Workers’ Action Movement and Socialist Action joined striking Metro workers at the 89 Gould Street store in Toronto on August 3.  Two dozen members of AMAPCEO, came to the Unifor picket line and paraded several times around the downtown store building in a show of solidarity.  Later that day, WAM attended a rally for Metro workers at the Bloor and Spadina store. That gathering attracted a crowd of over one hundred supporters, including members of OPSEU, CUPE-Ontario and the Workers’ Action Center.

Strikers informed us that there are currently no negotiations underway between Unifor and corporate management.  Metro continues to draw profits from stores not on strike, including those where grocery workers are represented by UFCW, and two stores in the Toronto area where Unifor is the bargaining agent but the local collective agreement there is separate and not under the scope of the main Unifor unit covering southern Ontario.  Clearly, to win the aims of the strike, a big wage catch-up, better hours, decent benefits and working conditions, the unity of all grocery workers, plus the backing of the broader workers’ movement is crucial. 

Show your support for the Metro workers at the nearest picket line, and don’t shop at any Metro store for the duration of the strike.