TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - The CAW is raising concerns about the impact on the front line workers
of a new bidding process for screening services at airports across
Canada, recently announced by the Canadian Air Transport Security
The request for proposals is due on April 1. These changes will
regionalize the delivery of screening services in Canada and will
likely cause changes to some current service providers.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said that CATSA should be exceptionally
careful not to simply choose the new firm based on the lowest bidder.
"Airport security screeners provide a critical service in the
maintenance of public safety and well-being," said Lewenza. "We do not
want to see a situation created where working conditions become
unstable and passengers' security is jeopardized."
"We urge CATSA to ensure workers are provided with job security and that
working conditions are maintained despite possible changes to who their
employer is. Workers' rights held in existing collective agreements
must be respected."
Lewenza said that the CAW remains committed to speaking up for all
airport security workers who deserve respect for the important job they
do keeping Canadian airports safe. "During the bidding process, no one
should forget the skilled and experienced men and women working on the
front lines while others battle for monetary gain."
The CAW represents approximately 10,000 airport and airline workers
across the country.
CATSA was created in 2002 as a Crown corporation and operates at arms
length, reporting to Parliament through the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
CAW National Representative Caroline Haddad (cell): 416-275-6564