IMP Aerospace Workers Back on Job After Refusing Unsafe Work
October 8, 2008, 11:28 AM EST
CAW Local 2215 members at IMP Aerospace in Halifax, Nova Scotia are back to work after exercising their legal right to refuse unsafe work.
The CAW represents about 500 aviation workers at IMP. Approximately 200 of that 500 exercised their individual right to refuse dangerous work for two days in the first week of October. After a memorandum of agreement was reached the workers returned to their jobs on October 6.
The agreement indicates the workers will be paid and the company and union will meet to resolve outstanding issues. In addition federal government inspectors are committed to a full inspection of the plant.
"We are very pleased with the outcome and the courage our membership showed over the two days involved. We now see a way ahead in our efforts to protect our members' Health & Safety," said Scott Beaver, Local 2215 president and co-chair of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee.