Sunday, March 23, 2008

Union calls SLCP-SELI Joint Venture’s Canada Line foreign-worker lay-offs “a set up”

read article: Journal of Commerce
The union claims the workers were given both the carrot and the stick, by being given no place to live and getting the option to go home early with pay.

“After the employer made assurances to the Tribunal to make sure they (the foreign workers) are available, they are told they must go on the night of March 3,” Blakley explained.

“The next hearing date was March 10. On top of this they were told we will pay you until March 13th even if you go home.”

The union said they believe the lay-offs and the departure of witnesses before the scheduled hearing dates affected the manner in which evidence was given before the Tribunal.

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