TORONTO, June 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The shooting earlier this morning in the
Lawrence Heights area in Toronto during an attempted robbery on an
armoured car underscores the need for improved safety regulations in
the industry, argues Unifor.
The guard was shot several times while his Garda truck was pulled up to
a TD Bank branch. The second guard of the two-person crew remained in
the vehicle and was unharmed.
"Our thoughts are with the guard, his family as well as his crew
partner, who undoubtedly is in a state of shock," said Mike Armstrong,
Unifor national representative.
Unifor has been calling on federal lawmakers to develop a comprehensive
regulatory framework for the armoured car industry that enhances safety
and prevents crime by establishing minimum standards in employee
training, vehicle specifications and safety equipment requirements. The
union's campaign also calls for minimum 3-person crew compliments for
high-risk pick-ups, including when ATM bags are handled at night.
The use of smaller crew compliments (e.g. two-person crews) as well as
un-armed crew members creates a far easier target for armed robbery and
poses increasing risks to worker and public safety.
Representatives of Unifor met with Director General of Policing Policy
Mark Potter, from the office of the Minister of Public Safety and
Emergency Preparedness, on June 5 over the union's concerns about
safety within the industry. The union continues to press federal
Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney to initiate a multi-stakeholder
taskforce to undertake a more thorough examination of safety issues in
Since 2000, there have been more than 70 attacks on armoured cars in
Canada, with four in the past year including the incident that occurred
Unifor represents 305,000 members across the country, including 2,000
members in the armoured car and secure logistics industry, employed
largely by Brinks and Garda.
For a copy of Unifor's review of the armoured car industry and complete
recommendations to improve its safety, go to www. unifor.org/safecargo.
For further information:
Contact Unifor communications representative Katie Arnup at 416-333-8097 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org