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Striking employees from Labatt Breweries as seen on the picket line Monday.They have started a campaign advising people not to buy Labatt products.
ST. JOHN’S — Striking Labatt Brewery workers set up an information picket line near Memorial University’s campus Monday morning at the intersection of Westerland Road and Prince Philip Drive in St. John’s.
The members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) handed out information cards about their dispute with their employer. They have been on strike since April.
The information picket line was part of NAPE’s organized boycott of the brewery’s products.
NAPE president Carol Furlong said Friday that with billions of dollars in annual profit, Labatt Brewing Co. and its parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev shouldn’t seek concessions from workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, who have been on strike for two and one-half months.
Wade Keller, a Labatt spokesman, said a boycott — happening as summer approaches, the most profitable time of year for beer producers — would hurt not just the company, but many others, including the workers.