Rally to Mark One Year Anniversary of Mt. Polley Breach
Williams Lake, B.C. – The United Steelworkers union has organized a rally in Williams Lake to coincide with the one year anniversary of the breach at Mt.Polley.
“We really want to have the public, the province, the world, whatever, to let them understand the impacts that the breach has had on the lives of the workers and the people of the Cariboo,” says local 1-425 president Paul French. “So we’re going to have a barbecue for them and let them know that we still support the mine fully reopening.”
He says the impact of the breach has been enormous. “There was over 400 people that worked at the mine prior to the breach and they’re going to recall close to 200 to get the permit going but that’s still another 200 that aren’t going to be working for some time.”
Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says the City will be out showing their full support.
“To celebrate getting the mine open again, showing our support that we want to get these guys back to work.”
He notes the past year has been a difficult one for the community of roughly 11,000 people.
“It’s been a little depressing to say the least. Businesses have been hurting,” says Cobb. “When you have that many people out of work they don’t have the money to spend.”
The rally takes place Tuesday, August 4, at 5pm at Boitanio Park. It will include a free barbecue and activities for kids.