Stop the injustice at the Corps of Commissionaires!

    OTTAWA, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires is
creating a grave injustice by asking for a wage reduction from its employees.
Commissionaires working in the Health Canada buildings in Ottawa make around
$22,000 a year, some of them are veterans. The Public Service Alliance of
Canada (PSAC) is trying to negotiate a first collective agreement for them.
The PSAC believes the Corps should withdraw immediately this unfair demand and
offer a fair and reasonable salary increase to its employees.
    "It's appalling for the Corps to ask for wage reductions from workers who
already deserve a much better salary," said Ed Cashman, the PSAC Executive
Regional Vice-President for the National Capital Region.
    The PSAC bargaining team was shocked and insulted on Wednesday, June 6,
when the employer began the day's negotiations by demanding wage reductions.
It came as a complete surprise to the members of the team who thought that
progress was being accomplished towards a first collective agreement for the
Commissionaires working in Health Canada buildings in Ottawa.
    With this latest demand, the Corps of Commissionaires clearly
demonstrated that it is only looking for ways to pay its employees as little
as possible.
    After this insulting demand from the Corps, members of the PSAC
negotiating team left the bargaining table indicating they would look into the
possibility of asking for conciliation.
    Meanwhile, members of other PSAC Locals have pledged their support for
their sisters and brothers trying to negotiate a first collective agreement
with the Corps of Commissionaires.

For further information:

For further information: Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, (613)
560-4317, (613) 293-9210

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