NDP MPs Bonita Zarrillo (Port Moody-Coquitlam) and Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre) stand in solidarity with IBEW Local 213 members as they rallied today outside the Ledcor Technical Service (LTS) Head Office in Vancouver to mark the third anniversary of the Ledcor strike.
“In August 2017, some 240 LTS workers certified as a bargaining unit with IBEW 213, looking for the benefits and protections that come with collective bargaining. These benefits and protections are even more important as workers struggle while paying more for food, gas, and housing,” said Zarrillo. “More than five years after certification, these IBEW workers are still trying to get their first collective bargaining agreement.”
Despite the Canada Industrial Labour Relations Board determining that LTS violated the Canada Labour Code and failed to recognize IBEW 213 as the rightful bargaining unit, workers are still without a contract.
“It’s unacceptable that after 3 years, workers are still being denied their right to a fair contract and that LTS continues to get away with using scab labour,” said Green. “These workers have been let down by the Federal Labour Code and by a Liberal government who keeps dragging their feet on bringing in legislation to outlaw replacement/scab when workers are locked out or on strike.”
New Democrats will continue to fight to ensure workers everywhere have the right to unionize without barriers or convoluted processes put in place by governments or union busting corporations. We’re also calling on the government to put measures in place to ensure that workers aren’t exposed to harassment, intimidation or firing by their employers for trying to organize.