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International delegation demands Quebecor World address broken promises

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

MONTREAL, May 10 - A delegation of workers from Brazil, France, and the U.S. held a press conference to air the company's record of broken promises and demand that newly named CEO Wes Lucas address international safety violations and labor rights abuses. "Quebecor World can make a clean break with the past right now," said James P. Hoffa, Teamsters General President. "Workers are willing to work with Mr. Lucas to ensure that the company starts living up to its promises to them as employees and shareholders." Over the last two years, Quebecor World (QW) posted a $149 million loss for 2005, and its stock price has fallen 54 percent. The company has pulled back from capital investments in France and closed two U.S. plants. "Many Canadian companies justly pride themselves on being good corporate citizens, globally and at home," said George Tedeschi, President of the Graphic Communications Conference in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (GCC/IBT). "Shareholders may be alarmed to hear of the company's growing reputation as a human rights violator. It's time for greater accountability from QW's Board and management to all shareholders." The international delegation detailed unsafe working conditions at QW plants around the world, including cited violations that played a role in the 2002 and 2004 deaths of two U.S. workers - one crushed by a shrink-wrapping machine, another killed in a forklift accident. Safety violations are also rampant throughout the company's overseas operations. In a January 2006 injury at a QW plant in Brazil, a worker's face was crushed in printing machinery. Workers also spoke to the company's pattern of harassing and intimidating pro-union workers and threatening to close plants where workers had voted for union representation.

 

 

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