Car crushes locked-out employee during protest
Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:06AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 22, 2013 9:20PM EDT
One man is in hospital and another under arrest after a violent altercation in Boucherville involving locked-out employees, a shocking sequence that was caught on tape and distributed to media by the CSN union (see video above).
Employees of Kronos were staging a protest Thursday morning on Marie-Victorin St. to protest being locked-out by their employer on June 15.
During the protest a man drove a Ford Explorer over a 64-year-old man, pinning him underneath at about 6:50 a.m.
Firefighters were the first responders at the scene and they rushed the man to hospital for treatment. Doctors say his injuries, which consist of lacerations to the face and burns to a foot, are not life-threatening.
The 47-year-old driver was arrested for armed assault, and is being questioned by police, although it is not clear if police wil recommend charges.
Many of the protesters say the driver deliberately ran down the protester.
Relations between employees and management at Kronos have become very strained in recent months.
Kronos, a pigment and paint manufacturer, locked out 320 employees at its plant in Varennes in June after 93 percent of them voted against the company's contract offer.
Provincial mediators have been trying to work out a new contract agreement without much success.
In July two Kronos managers found suspicious packages placed outside their homes.
The protest taking place Thursday morning was at Transport Robert in Boucherville, a company that works with Kronos.
One union representative told CTV Montreal that the video allows viewers to judge the situation with their own eyes.
“It's clear that it was not an accident. For the rest of the conclusion and interpretation, I will let the police do their work but that is why the union released the video because people will judge for themselves,” said FIM-CSN union president Alain Lampron.
The Groupe Robert issued a statement late Thursday afternoon reporting that they are investigating the incident. "We regret the injuries suffered in this incident. Our first concern is to ensure the safety of our employees. Our teams are working with authorities to maintain a safe environment," it read in part.