MONTREAL, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - For the second time in recent
months, the Commission des relations du travail du Québec has found the
Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI) guilty of unfair labour
practices. The sole purpose of those practices is to discredit the
employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the trade
union that is trying to organize the 500 employees in the group.
An employee who prefers to remain anonymous spoke out: "I am a union
activist. Ever since my employer learned this, it has been asking
co-workers who are opposed to the union to keep a close eye on me when
I am at work." Another indignant employee, a woman who has worked at
LDI for eight years, said: "The employer is doing everything it can to
poison the work atmosphere, to discourage my co-workers from joining
Michel Dumont, a PSAC union organizer, said: "It is completely
unacceptable for an employer in 2011 to be engaging in premeditated
practices intended to sour the work atmosphere so that employees will
reject their plan to unionize. We hope the second order will do the
trick and LDI will put an end to these unfair practices." He added: "In
the last eight years, we have organized more than 23,000 workers at
public sector, non-governmental and private sector research
organizations, and in all cases there has been respect on both sides."
The research workers at LDI want to unionize in order to collectively
improve their working conditions, which are nearly 25% lower than at
other research centres that have been unionized.
The PSAC represents more than 180,000 workers across Canada. An FTQ
affiliate, PSAC-Quebec has more than 40,000 members in the federal
public sector, in Quebec universities and in the private sector.
SOURCE PUBLIC SERVICE ALLIANCE OF CANADA (PSAC-QUEBEC)
For further information:
Patrick Leblanc, political attaché, PSAC-Quebec, 514-706-5997, firstname.lastname@example.org