OTTAWA, Jan. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - As a result of a decision by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, a
lock-out imposed by the employer of 10 security guards at the Ottawa
Court House will end.
The guards, who are employed by Inkas Security Services, joined the
United Steelworkers union to recover the terms of employment they had
before Inkas took over from the previous security company at the Court
House. They have been locked out since October 3, 2011. When
negotiations for a first collective agreement broke down, the Employer
made an offer of a 25-cents-per-hour increase, conditional on the
workers giving up their rights to union representation.
The guards are paid low wages, and with Inkas have no pension or
benefits. The union is attempting to recover the benefits and pension
plan they had with their previous employer.
As a result of the employer's actions during bargaining, the board
ordered the settlement of the first collective agreement by binding
"The board made the right decision," said Steelworkers Staff
Representative David Lipton. "Employees have the right to join a union
and engage in collective bargaining to improve their working
conditions. In this case, they are merely trying to get back the modest
benefits they had before Inkas came in and made the low bid."
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
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