Sécurité Kolossal Experiencing Financial Problems - Workers Should Not Have to Pay for Company Management

    MONTREAL, Oct. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Agence de sécurité Kolossal, a
3,100-employee security services firm including 547 pre-board screening
officers already employed by this company in Quebec and members of the
Syndicat des Métallos, are requesting an emergency meeting with the firm's
executive management. "Kolossal is experiencing financial problems. We want to
meet with management. Our members should not have to pay for company
management", declared Robert Bernier, coordinator for the Syndicat des
Métallos, Montreal region (FTQ).
    The 2,800 security agents working throughout the province of Quebec
signed a collective agreement. Their accreditation is in Quebec. "Our members
are worried. That's a given. We need to meet with the company's executive
management. We must provide answers for our members. To do so we must have the
complete picture of the situation and be informed of management's intentions",
continued Michel Courcy, union representative.
    For his part, union representative Richard Pagé explained that his
members are under federal jurisdiction and divided into two groups. "First, he
says, there are the pre-board screening officers at the Montreal airport who
were formerly employed by Kolossal. In 2004, the company did not fulfil the
notice of termination condition when it lost its contract to Garda. We lodged
a policy grievance for which we received a favourable decision last week.
These members became creditors of the company. We want to meet with management
and explain that our members have the right to this arbitration award".
    Then, there is the second group comprised of 300 pre-board screening
officers working - with the exception of Bagotville - in regional airports.
The airports affected by this situation are Quebec, Baie-Comeau, Gaspé,
Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Rouyn-Noranda, Sept-Iles and Val-d'Or. "With the
exception of the Quebec airport, we are currently negotiating for all of these
security officers. Until there is evidence to the contrary, negotiations will
continue. Our members are entitled to a good working agreement", concluded the
union representative.

For further information:

For further information: Robert Bernier, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ),
(514) 599-2001; Michel Courcy, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ), (514) 599-2016;
Richard Pagé, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ), (514) 526-8280

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