VANCOUVER, Nov. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - Unifor members at Brink's Canada Ltd. in British Columbia have ratified a new four-year contract.
"These negotiations presented a unique set of challenges in an industry that is undergoing fundamental change," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. "Nonetheless, the bargaining committee members were determined to make gains in wages and benefits for our members and they were successful in doing so."
Approximately 260 armoured car drivers and messengers, represented by Unifor Local 114, voted to ratify the new agreement which includes higher wages, enhanced benefits, and the protection of the current defined benefit pension plan.
"We were also able to address some long-standing gender and geographical inequities during bargaining," said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor BC Area Director. "This contract contains significant pay hikes, particularly in female dominated divisions, and also takes important steps for BC members toward wage parity with their Ontario counterparts."
Two additional bargaining groups, representing Brink's Canada Ltd. workers in Ontario, voted to ratify similar agreements last week. All of the new contracts will expire on August 26, 2021.
"Setting a common expiry date across regions is an achievement that we will carry forward as Unifor continues its work to raise conditions across the industry as a whole," said Unifor Representative Mike Armstrong.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For further information: Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O'Keefe at email@example.com or 416-896-3303 (cell).