An Unusual Rescue Effort

April 1 st 1985

In December of 1984, the Canadian Porcelain plant in Hamilton went into receivership and the plant's approximately 100 employees found themselves without jobs.

With the assistance of various community and government groups, the company's workers are now hoping to raise enough money, estimated to be $1.5 to $2 million, to purchase the plant. According to a Toronto Star report on March 13, the new owner-employees hope to be back to operating the plant by mid-April. A very interesting feature in this development is the involvement of a recently formed local church group called Christians for a Co-operative Society, which hopes to raise about $300,000 for the project. The group "felt very strongly that our Christian faith must be applied to the economic and political concerns of our society," explained the qroup's spokesman, Rev. Philip Newell, ecumenical chaplain at McMaster University.


Harry Antonides came to Canada in 1948, initially working as a farm hand and railway labourer. After over a decade working in a chemical plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Harry joined the newly forming Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) in 1962 as a field representative. By 1970 Harry became director of research and education. In 1974, he was a founding member of the Work Research Foundation (now Cardus) and publisher of their sole publication, Comment magazine. A prolific writer and dynamic speaker, Harry delivered lectures all over North America and published numerous articles, reviews, and essays. He is author of several books on Christianity, labour, and economics, including Multinationals and the Peacable Kingdom (1978) and Stones for Bread: The Social Gospel and its Contemporary Legacy (1985). Harry is retired and lives with his wife Janet in Willowdale, Ontario.