IndustriALL Global Union, a federation of industrial unions around the world, is calling on Toyota Canada to stop interfering with its Team Members’ right to join a union.
“We are disappointed about reports that TMMC has interfered with and opposed efforts by its Canadian employees to unionize, a right recognized by Canadian and international law,” IndustriALL General Secretary Jyrki Raina wrote in a letter today to Ray Tanguay, Chairman of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC).
Last spring, TMMC released a very long list of employees at its Canadian manufacturing facilities after Unifor had filed with the Ministry of Labour to represent Team Members at plants in Cambridge and Woodstock. Unifor temporarily withdrew its application, and the organizing effort continues.
“We understand that while your company has indicated its hope that TMMC team members would be able to have an informed debate about joining Unifor, at the same time it has actively opposed this effort and there has been a great deal of misleading information, clearly intended to spread fear among TMMC team members,” Raina wrote.
Raina noted that most Toyota workers around the world are members of unions, and enjoy a good relationship with the company.
“In those plants, working with their members, Toyota unions bargain fair and sustainable agreements that address members’ priorities – and support the long-term success of the company and industry,” Raina wrote.
Unifor is a member of IndustriALL, which represents 50 million workers in the mining, energy, automotive and other manufacturing industries in 140 countries.
“IndustriALL expects TMMC to treat its Canadian team members with the same recognition and respect as its workers around the world, including respecting their rights to organize and collective bargaining,” Raina wrote.
To read the letter, click here.