Workers on strike against Serco

    GOOSE BAY, NL, Jan. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers at Serco in Goose Bay are
on strike after their employer made no serious effort to negotiate a new
contract that would guarantee fair wages and job security in the midst of a
difficult economic climate, according to the Public Service Alliance of Canada
    The 325 striking workers are members of the Union of National Defence
Employees, a component of PSAC. They work at Canadian Forces Base 5 Wing Goose
Bay, providing services to the base and to the community including building
maintenance and repair, logistics services, environmental protection, ground
and air communications and more. Serco is a profitable U.S.-based
international corporation that has a contract with the Department of National
Defence to provide services to maintain 5 Wing Goose Bay.
    "For nine months, Serco has made a mockery of the collective bargaining
process, giving us little choice but to put up picket lines," says Graham
Moorehouse, bargaining team member. "This was not an easy decision, especially
at this time of year, but an overwhelming majority of our members have voted
to use strike action to make Serco focus on our contract issues."
    The union presented a wage proposal to Serco in September and the company
has refused to discuss it - while simultaneously agreeing to pay significant
wage adjustments to another employee group. The company also changed the way
that it pays performance incentive fees. In May, 2008 Serco received nearly a
million dollars from the federal government earmarked for performance
incentive fees and reneged on making the 2008 payment to employees. Serco
workers have received this money annually since 2003.
    Other issues that Serco workers are concerned about include job security,
improvements to medical benefits and the need for a proper job classification
    The union has negotiated an essential services agreement with Serco,
ensuring that the airport will continue to operate, as well as the Central
Heat and Power Plant, firefighting services, water security and aviation
weather services.
    "It's about time that Serco showed some respect for its workers," says
Jeannie Baldwin, PSAC Regional Vice-President - Atlantic. "Serco workers
provide important services to the community of Goose Bay. They deserve decent
working conditions and a fair collective agreement."

For further information:

For further information: Jeannie Baldwin, Regional Executive
Vice-President - Atlantic, (902) 275-7945; Graham Moorehouse, Bargaining Team
Member, (709) 897-7913; Bernie Bolger, Local President, (709) 896-2216

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