OTTAWA, Aug. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - In a victory for the 33 security guards
attempting to secure a first collective agreement with the Bank of Canada, the
Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) has ruled that the Bank has violated
its obligation to bargain in good faith.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) lodged the unfair labour
practice complaint in the face of the Bank's persistent refusal to provide the
union with information about the guards' salary and premium structure.
The Board rejected the Bank's argument that privacy concerns and the
requirements of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Document
Act (PIPEDA) prevented it from divulging the salary information requested by
the union during bargaining.
As the exclusive bargaining agent for the employees, the PSAC was
entitled to the complete compensation package information, the Board said,
adding that the provisions of the Privacy Act do not prohibit the disclosure
of that information. The Board said the union's efforts to secure the salary
information were necessary in order for it to fairly represent its members and
consistent with the union's statutory authority to bargain collectively on
behalf of the employees.
PSAC National President John Gordon says "this decision shows that
employer's that try to hide behind privacy legislation to avoid the duty to
give the Union information during bargaining are on the wrong side of the
For further information:
For further information: Mark Rogers, PSAC Communications, (613)