MONCTON, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Pending job cuts at Atlantic Canada airports
threaten to exacerbate problems with security screening and fly in the
face of official reports on airport security, the United Steelworkers
(USW) union warns.
"A report this week from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority
acknowledges there is a major problem with recruiting and retaining
screeners and security workers at Canadian airports, leading to lengthy
delays in obtaining security clearances," said Lawrence E. McKay, USW
Area Coordinator in Atlantic Canada.
"In addition to the CATSA findings, the recent report of the federal
inquiry into the Air India bombing tragedy also concluded there is a
chronic problem with security delays and morale among airport security
workers," McKay said.
The United Steelworkers represents hundreds of airport screeners and
security employees in the Atlantic provinces and 25,000 security
industry workers across the country.
The employer of security screeners at Atlantic Canada airports has
informed the Steelworkers that layoffs and cuts in hours will begin at
these airports in mid-September.
"Up to 40 per cent of our members will be affected by these cutbacks,"
McKay said. "The reason given to us is that CATSA is cutting allotted
hours, which in turn will reduce the workforce."
"These job cuts defy logic. They disregard the well-documented need for
improvements - not cutbacks - in airport security screening," McKay
"If there are cuts, we fear the security screening situation can only
For years the United Steelworkers has called on the federal government
to legislate mandatory training standards, a comprehensive licensing
regime and industry-wide employment conditions for security workers.
Provinces also must pass enabling legislation for such reforms, the USW
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information: For further information:
Lawrence E. McKay, USW Area Coordinator, 506-857-0999, 506-874-9240.