That is what the union representing workers at a Canadian plant that made the notorious “Bones” asbestos-laden carpet are being called for.
Union president Mike Bowers told the Star that “unfortunate” workers were on strike because the plant’s head of carpet production, Joe Pacheco, had been forced to resign and the union was being forced to negotiate.
“We have been told that Joe Pachuca resigned from the plant.
We were told that the plant was going to close,” said Bowers.
“Unfortunatly, it has been revealed that Joe was not resigning,” said the union president.
In a video posted on the union’s website, Bowers says the workers were not given enough time to get a meeting with management.
He says they were promised a meeting to talk about a “reform” of the plant but instead, they were told the plant would be closed.
Bowers said he’s not surprised that the workers are being targeted.
He said the factory is the subject of an investigation by the Department of National Defence’s safety watchdog, which has been examining whether workers were unsafe.
The government has denied the plant has been unsafe and has promised to look into the safety of workers at other plants in the region.
The province is also investigating the plant, which it said has been inspected at least eight times since 1996.
The union says the government is not doing enough to investigate its allegations.
Pacheco resigned in June after he was found guilty of negligence and failing to perform his duties.
Unions in Alberta and Saskatchewan have also been critical of the safety at the factory.
A recent report from the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) found that of the more than 1,200 safety complaints filed against the plant in the past five years, only three were substantiated and the majority were ignored.
Despite being in an “unsafe” environment, the AFL says the plant is still operating as normal, despite the allegations.
The AFL said Pacheca was still on the job as of June and was “pursuing work that required no asbestos exposure.”
“He was the sole employee at the plant and therefore the sole responsible for the safety and well-being of the workers and employees of the facility,” said AFL spokesperson, Jim Brown, in a statement.
There are currently no workers at Pachecos plant and no plans to bring them back.
Read more from the Star: In another incident, a worker at the Quebec City plant was injured when a piece of machinery broke, causing a hole in the floor.
Workers at the other plants have complained that the company’s handling of the disaster is poor.
Quebec is the only province where the provincial government has not taken a position on the plant because of its safety record, said union president, Pierre Lachaud.
“This is a tragic situation,” said Lachaux.
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland have all been accused of not adequately investigating or investigating workplace safety.