TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The violent robbery of a two-person all
off crew armoured car in Montreal early this morning, which resulted in
the shooting death of the robber, underscores the need for a thorough
overhaul of the industry to protect both the public and those working
in the industry, Unifor says.
"This kind of violence takes place in public places, because that's
where the ATMs are. Having two-person all off crews just makes it too
tempting to robbers. And, as we have repeatedly seen, that leads to gun
violence in our communities," said Unifor National President Jerry
A 32-year-old man was shot and killed in Montreal at around 1:30am
outside a bank in the Longueuil area as two armoured truck guards were
carrying bags of cash back to their truck from an ATM. Police said the
man attacked the guards and a shot was fired at the man. He was
pronounced dead in hospital about an hour later, and the two guards
were treated for shock.
"Two-person crews are simply not safe. They are part of a race to the
bottom that has to stop," Dias said.
In a landmark ruling released last month, two-person, one man all off
armoured car crews were declared unsafe by a federal health and safety
officer after an exhaustive investigation.
Dias has requested a meeting with federal Public Safety Minister Steven
Blaney to discuss safety in the armoured car industry.
A two-person all off crew was robbed this week at Toronto's Fairview
Mall. No one was hurt in the ensuing shootout, but the robbery
demonstrates the dangers faced by workers and the public, and
highlights the need for minimum employee training, vehicle
specifications, crew compliments and safety equipment.
This is the third robbery of a two person all off crew since last
The use of two-person crews is among many issues Dias plans to raise in
a meeting with Blaney. Dias will also press for a task force on the
armoured car industry to undertake comprehensive policy research,
gather stakeholders' views and develop recommendations and legislative
guidance to address a patchwork of out of date and ineffective
regulations for the industry.
Dias has yet to hear from Blaney about whether he will meet.
For a copy of Unifor's review of the armoured car industry and complete
recommendations to improve its safety, go to unifor.org/safecargo.
Unifor, which represents 2,000 workers in the armoured car industry, was
formed Labour Day weekend 2013 with the merger of the Canadian
Autoworkers with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union.
With more than 300,000 members, it is Canada's largest union in the
SOURCE: Unifor the union
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