Ottawa worker activists hold second picket in solidarity with locked out Ikea workers!
12 July 2014 -- Ottawa -- A group of some 15 activists from various unions showed up at a second, coordinated Info-Picket action at the Ottawa regional IKEA store Saturday.
Picketers were immediately pushed by IKEA store staff to the edge of the driving-mall complex, as they did not want picketers leafletting right at their door (as was done at the first solidarity action on June 21).
The result, however, may not have been what IKEA management would have wanted. The number of picketers was just enough to establish a significant slow-walk picketline across the single street that provided access in and out of the IKEA parking lot. This delay led to long traffic line-ups of cars, and a terrific captive audience for leafletters to distribute their "Stop the Car!" leaflets, reporting on the brutal lock-out imposed by IKEA management in Richmond B.C. on their unionized workers.
"Shame on IKEA" chants were heard regularly echoing across the parking lot, and hundreds of leaflets were distributed to drivers, walkers, and passers-by.
More information on the IKEA lockout is available at RankandFile.ca.