OTTAWA, Nov. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC) is considering legal action against the Corps of Commissionaires.
In a memo sent to all Commissionaires working at Health Canada, the Corps
CEO, Paul Guindon, accused the PSAC of unlawful and anti-democratic behaviour
during a recent strike vote taken by the Commissionaires. The memo alleges
that some Commissionaires were denied the right to vote. These allegations are
The President of the PSAC Local representing the Commissionaires, Bob
Legault, said that the Corps will have a hard time to support the allegations.
"I was present during the strike vote and at no time did we deny anyone
their right to vote." Legault said. "In fact, we went out of our way to make
sure everybody had the opportunity to vote. But one employee told me that she
could not vote because the employer told her not to vote," Legault added.
During the two days during which the vote was held, 80% of the
Commissionaires used their right to vote and two out of three gave their union
a mandate to call a strike. The Commissionaires have been in a legal strike
position since Wednesday, November 7, at midnight.
Today, the mediator appointed by the Ontario Labour Relations Board
confirmed that the Commissionaires are in a legal strike position.
The PSAC National Executive Vice-President, Patty Ducharme, believes the
Corps of Commissionaires should stop wasting money and energy on delaying
tactics and get back to the bargaining table.
"We have signed collective agreements with other Commissionaire units
across the country," Ducharme said. "Why can't Ottawa Commissionaires accept
that the union is here to stay?"
On average, the Commissionaires providing security services at the Health
Canada buildings in Ottawa earn $12.25 an hour. The PSAC has been trying for
18 months to negotiate a collective agreement with the Corps of
Commissionaires. The employer keeps asking for a wage reduction and a two-tier
For further information:
For further information: Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, (613)
560-4317, (613) 293-9210 (cell)