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Unifor president arrested after rally in Regina

Last Updated Jan 21, 2020 at 9:20 am MST

A picket sign in shown in front of hundreds of Co-op workers locked out of a refinery in Regina over contract disputes on Jan 21, 2020 (CREDIT: @UnifortheUnion, Twitter)

REGINA – A union representing more than 700 workers in a contract dispute at Regina’s Co-op oil refinery tried to shut down the facility Tuesday, as police made arrests.

Unifor posted a video on Twitter late this afternoon showing officers taking the union’s national president and western regional director into custody.

The union announced earlier in the day that it was going to stop fuel from being transported out of the complex.

Co-op said the union is violating a court injunction and called the move a bullying tactic.

Unifor argued the injunction only applies to local members and not those from outside the province who have travelled to Regina to support the blockade.

Police had said their involvement would be a last resort.

Workers at the refinery were locked out in early December after the union voted in favour of a strike and issued a notice.

One of the main issues in the labour dispute is pensions.