Unfair practices at the Jewish General Hospital

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 the union."

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, leblanp@psac.com

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