Labour lockout won’t disrupt service at YVR Monday: company
By Laura Baziuk, The Province July 18, 2010 Be the first to post a comment
Service disruption may be “looming” at Vancouver’s international airport after labour negotiations broke down late Sunday, according to the union for refueling supervisors.
Negotiators for GlobeGround Fuel Services, also known as Servisair, allegedly walked away from the table before hearing a response from their proposal.
Servisair is obviously a large multinational employer that could care less if Vancouver International Airport travelers face disrupted flights as of midnight Sunday,” Stephen Dunsmore, Regional Vice-President Pacific of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees – a component union of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, said in a news release.
“To walk away from bargaining without even bothering to listen to a union response to their offer is outrageous and irresponsible,” Dunsmore said. “Servisair is damaging the reputation of Vancouver International Airport world-wide because it believes bullying a small number of supervisors and administrative staff is more important.”
GlobeGround had said earlier Sunday that service would continue as usual Monday despite the negotiations.
“We have brought in a team of experienced service professionals who meet or exceed all required training and certification,” the company said in a statement.
The Paris-based company employs YVR’s refuelling supervisors and administrative staff. GlobeGround, along with the Canadian Union of Transportation Employees, have been working with a federal conciliator since March.
GlobeGround gave notice for a lockout last Thursday, and were legally able to lock out 21 employees after midnight Sunday. GlobeGround can legally use replacement workers because it is under federal jurisdiction.
The union criticized the move to replace its employees with replacement workers, calling their promises of a disruption-free Monday a “false claim.”
“Servisair is gambling on replacing well-trained and experienced Vancouver International Airport refueling supervisors with untested workers without risking both safety and the disruption of complicated fueling services for hundreds of flights a day,” Dunsmore said.
A similar lockout notice was given last April, but the company and union were able to reach a collective agreement before the lockout took place.
Both sides met at the federal mediation office in Vancouver last night, said Dunsmore.
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