The Service Employees International Union, Local 2 represents 16,000 workers across Canada including over 10,000 workers in the janitorial sector.
Without successorship rights for workers in BC, another fifty GDI employees are still facing the prospect of losing their jobs at Canada Line as the result of contract flipping. Tricom, the new cleaning contractor, has informed SEIU that they will not hire any of the GDI workers.
Protrans (Canada Line)
GDI has been cleaning the Canada Line for eight years and received good reviews from Protrans. Even so, on August 20, GDI workers were given lay off letters informing them that they are losing their jobs on September 17, 2018. The new company, Tricom, has informed SEIU that they do not intend to hire any GDI workers.
Weak Labour Laws in BC!
The decision to award the cleaning contract to the lowest bidder is a clear effort to increase profit margins through union busting, which is easier to achieve thanks to BC’s weak labour laws.
The absence of successorship provisions in the BC Labour Code creates a situation where companies can exploit contract flipping by not hiring the current employees and consequently, circumvent collective bargaining agreements and lower working conditions
1) Give us our jobs back immediately
2) Respect our union and union contract
3) Better Labour Laws that don’t allow for union busting