UFCW Canada declares victory over Walmart in free speech battle
MONTREAL – The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW Canada) is declaring victory in an 18-month free speech battle with Walmart that concentrated on the labour rights website www.walmartworkerscanada.ca. In June 2009, the world’s largest retailer filed a motion with the Quebec Superior Court for an injunction against the popular and long-standing website maintained by UFCW Canada, citing trade-mark infringement.
On Dec. 15 a confidential settlement was reached allows www.walmartworkerscanada to continue its commitment to communicate with Walmart workers in Canada about their labour rights, including their rights to unionize
“This is a huge victory for Walmart workers and their ability to freely communicate on the internet,” said UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley from the Superior Court house within moments of the settlement win for www.walmartworkerscanada.ca, which will continue to be dedicated to helping Walmart workers to empower themselves and improve their lives through collective bargaining.
“Despite the best efforts of the world’s largest corporation to dictate the terms of online communication, www.walmartworkerscanada.ca will remain an excellent labour rights resource, and will proudly continue a seven year tradition of serving Walmart Associates as a place where they can learn about their rights, and how to exercise those rights as workers in Canada,” added Hanley. “Today’s victory also ensures that www.walmartworkerscanada.ca will remain a safe and familiar place for Walmart workers to freely share their experiences with other Associates across the country without any fear of reprisal.”
UFCW Canada has been leading the campaign to help Walmart Associates exercise their rights as workers in Canada for over a decade.