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Unifor welcomes reforms to Canada’s Labour Code that protect airport workers from contract flipping

November 1, 2018

TORONTO— A reform announced today by Minister Hajdu in Toronto will extend Canadian Labour Code wage protection to airport workers who face contract flipping.

“Contract flipping at Canada’s airports, with the intent to lower working conditions, eats away at the foundation of good jobs in our country,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Today’s announcement by Minister Hajdu is a victory for our union that has been years in the making.”

The practice of contract retendering has negatively affected Unifor members who work at airports for many years. These workers are currently not eligible for wage protection in the event that supplier contracts change hands.

Unifor has repeatedly highlighted the dangerous erosion of workers’ rights caused by contract flipping, working in conjunction with several other unions to oppose this tactic and demand better protection for airport workers.  The union submitted a proposal to the federal government in January of 2018 calling for wage protections and stronger successor rights for workers in the event that contracts are flipped.

“Unifor members will keep up the pressure on federal politicians until this change is adopted as law,” said Euila Leonard, President of Unifor Local 2002. “Canada’s airport workers have long-fought to be treated with dignity and respect, and we will not stop until these rights and more are enshrined in the labour code.”

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Hamid Osman at hamid.osman@unifor.org or 647.448.2823.