By World BEYOND War, December 13, 2023
On Tuesday December 12, 200 workers and community members from across Ontario met at dawn at the manufacturing plant of military contractor Pratt & Whitney Canada to block access to all four entrances as the morning shift was set to begin. Not a single truck or car entered the facility.
As Israel pursues its deadly assault on Gaza for a third month, the picket lines interrupted business as usual at an aerospace giant that makes engines for aircrafts that the Israeli military is using to carry out its bombing campaign against Palestinian lives and infrastructure. Read media release here. The flier given out to workers at the plant is available here.
Yesterday at dawn 200 workers & community members blockaded all 4 entrances to @prattandwhitney's Toronto plant. This company makes the engines that power the Israeli military's war planes & combat drones. For 4 hours not a single car or truck made it in. 📽️ by @worldchangemed pic.twitter.com/mH1xm1Trd3— World BEYOND War Canada (@WBWCanada) December 13, 2023
Photos of the picket
Hind Awwad from @PalestineLabour on why we're picketing Pratt & Whitney.— World BEYOND War Canada (@WBWCanada) December 12, 2023
Canada must demand a #CeaseFireNOW, impose an arms embargo on Israel, and end all support for P&W and other companies directly participating in Israel’s genocide in Gaza.#CanadaStopArmingIsrael pic.twitter.com/wnnwd92lRw
Thanu Subendran from Tamil Freedom Coalition @SeedsRevolution at our picket at Pratt & Whitney, a company that has been supplying Israel with engines for its warplanes since 1947. #FreePalestine #CeasefireNOW #CanadaStopArmingIsrael pic.twitter.com/CekOJc8O8f— World BEYOND War Canada (@WBWCanada) December 12, 2023
Listen to Aidan from @PalestineLabour’s reportback on how workers at Pratt & Whitney responded to our picket blocking the entrances. Newsflash: many said they supported us and were glad we were there before turning around and going home. Next time we hope they’ll join us outside! pic.twitter.com/uc4qKtjofy— World BEYOND War Canada (@WBWCanada) December 13, 2023