OTTAWA, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - A group of 11 conference delegates staying
at the Delta downtown Ottawa went through a frightful experience late
yesterday. They got stuck in an elevator for 35 minutes, long enough to
require medical attention once they were got out. The delegates are
attending a women's conference held by the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers union of Canada (CEP).
"The province's elevator workers are on strike against an employer that
has shown that it has no interest in protecting the safety of the
population of Ontario" said Dave Coles, CEP National President. "We're
relieved that our delegates are alright, but with many elevators not
maintained since May 1st, the NEEA is making the situation outright dangerous."
The International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) represents 1700
elevator constructor mechanics and helpers in the province of Ontario
of which 1300 are presently on strike against the National Elevator
Escalator Association (NEEA). The NEEA just enacted a never-used clause
in the Labour Act to force certain workers back to work in the
residential construction industry in the GTA.
"NEEA has effectively prioritized the installation of elevators in
condominiums in the GTA over repairing elevators in Ottawa hospitals,
assisted living dwellings, and other public buildings," said Dan
Vinette from IUEC. "It's time for the government to make a move and
offer resources to get NEEA to return to the bargaining table and have
both sides conclude an agreement for the benefit and safety of all
CEP is the largest union in several key sectors of Canada's economy,
including forestry, energy, telecommunications and media. The CEP
Women's conference is taking place until Saturday June 22. Conference
delegates participated in a solidarity march with IUEC strikers
yesterday in downtown Ottawa.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles, CEP, 613-299-5628
Dan Vinette, IUEC, 613 228-3415