The Fredericton Solidarity Network has arrived. This new initiative in Fredericton took action to demand unpaid wages of a local food service worker and the efforts were successful.
Leo worked as a line cook at Vault 29, a new Fredericton pub, during the first week of June 2014. He hadn’t been paid for a total of 52 days, 31 days past the legal limit for New Brunswick, despite numerous requests for the money owed. The manager that was supposed to take care of paying the kitchen staff continued to delay payment to Leo, without ever denying that money was owed.
On July 29, the Fredericton Solidarity Network brought together a group of people from the community to accompany Leo to his former workplace as he delivered a letter demanding his unpaid wages in order to avoid further action. On the following day, Leo was paid all the money he was owed.
This is the first action of the Fredericton Solidarity Network. Like other solidarity networks ( Seattle Solidarity Network , Steel City Solidarity ), the Fredericton version will aim to bring together people from the community to fight together with workers who are facing injustices from employers and, potentially, tenants facing injustices from landlords. Stay tuned for details of a new website and future actions.