The National Citizens Coalition is doing what it can to offset union boss propaganda that’s being spewed at striking employees up in the Northwest Territories.
Public Service Alliance of Canada officials are threatening employees of Ekati mines (300 kilometers north of Yellowknife) with fines if they cross picket lines.
That’s quite a threat; except for one thing: Canadian law covering Ekati employees does not allow the union to use Canada’s courts to enforce the collection of its fines.
In other words, PSAC is using misinformation and scare tactics to stop employees from working during the strike.
What’s worse, PSAC knows its threat is legally meaningless.
A past PSAC official wrote a memo stating: “PSAC has a legal opinion that clearly and without ambiguity concludes that we have no legal ability to enforce the collection of fines.”
To help set the record straight and to help employees get the real facts, the NCC ran a full page newspaper ad in the Yellowknifer newspaper under the headline, “Here’s what PSAC Union Bosses Don’t Want Ekati Employees to Know”
You can read it here.
The bottom line is that PSAC has a right to call a strike, but employees should also have the right to work during a strike without threats or intimidation.
That’s how free and democratic societies are supposed to work.