Canadians unions are calling for boycott of Labatt/Anheuser-Busch InBev beers because of a labour conflict in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Photo Credit: Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE)

CLC, Canada’s largest union federation, endorses Labatt beer boycott


It may be a hot summer, and it may be popular, but Canada’s largest union federation the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) wants Canadians to boycott certain brands of beer because of a labour conflict in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Forty workers at the Labatt Breweries plant in St. John’s, Newfoundland have been on strike since April, trying to block concessions demanded by their employer. Replacement workers have been hired

Labatt Breweries is part of the world holdings of the highly profitable Anheuser-Busch InBev.

In order to prevent the brewing company’s other unionized employees in Canada from experiencing any loss of work unions are calling for a boycott of Anheuser-Busch InBev import beers such as Stella Artois, Bass, and Becks, across Canada, In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, they’ve also included Labatt beers.

The decision to endorse the boycott by the CLC, which represents more than three million unionized workers, was discussed and evaluated before being made public, and was not automatic.

RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Hassan Yussuf, the Secretary-Treasurer of the CLC.

More information:
Canadian Labour Congress press release – CLC endorses consumer boycott of Labatt imports – here
NAPE information and photos on Newfoundland Labatt strike – here
NUPGE information on Labatt workers, boycott – here
Anheuser-Busch InBev website –

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