Penticton & South Okanagan News
Altercation on the picket line
Tensions appear to be heating up in an on-going labour dispute in Naramata.
Police in Penticton are investigating allegations of verbal and physical threats made towards picketing CUPE workers by a Naramata Centre manager.
According to CUPE BC Secretary-Treasurer, Paul Faoro, the incident occurred Monday evening on the picket line.
He says CUPE is "extremely troubled" by reports of a manager's aggressive and threatening behaviour on the picket line outside the United Church's Naramata Centre.
"According to witnesses, verbal and physical threats were made against striking CUPE members and this is totally unacceptable", says Faoro.
"The safety of our members and their families and supporters on the picket line is paramount and we will do whatever it takes to legally protect them."
A union tent used by striking members was damaged during the incident.
CUPE members have been on strike at the centre since May.
It says management tensions have risen during the labour dispute.
"No one should be afraid to exercise their legal right to strike," says CUPE national president, Paul Moist.
He says CUPE will be seeking assurances from the United Church that its 627,000 members across the country will be safe from threats and harassment on the picket line.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more Penticton / S. Okanagan News
- Power outage pastimesWest Kelowna
- $10 million steroid bustCanada - 5:30 am
- Fix me a drink!Kelowna - 5:00 am
- Students rally for classmateVernon / N. Okanagan
Town of Oliver
Town of Osoyoos
Town of Keremeos
Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen
Penticton & Wine Country Chamber
Penticton Discussion Forum
District of Summerland
Summerland Chamber & Tourism
School District 67 - Okanagan Skaha
School District 53 - Okanagan Similkameen
Okanagan Regional Library
Township of Hedley