Nearly 350 workers at the Richmond location of IKEA have been locked out by management since May 13. These workers, members of Teamsters Local 213, are being asked to accept a two-tiered wage structure, along with substantial pay cuts.
While we know that PSAC members would not cross picket lines, PSAC BC, along with the BC Federation of Labour and affiliated unions are also asking that members not patronize the other IKEA location in the Lower Mainland, in Coquitlam. That outlet is not unionized, so shopping there while the Richmond workers are locked out has the effect of supporting IKEA’s efforts to strip their collective agreement.
IKEA is owned by one of the 100 wealthiest families in the world and is a hugely profitable company. There is no reason for them to insist on concessions and pay cuts for their workers.
Please don’t shop at either location in BC until this dispute has been settled to the satisfaction of the workers and their union.
For more information and to find out more ways to support these workers, visit their facebook page here.