Tension between SERCO, the private firm operating support services at 5 Wing Goose Bay, and workers at the military installation are once again near the breaking point.
On Wednesday members of the Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE) local 90125 and the Public Service Alliance of Canada will be holding a demonstration and news conference in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL to denounce what they say are newly imposed working conditions at CFB Goose Bay.
SERCO had held the contract since 1998 for maintenance and operation requirements of the base infrastructure and airfield at CFB Goose Bay.
But employees are upset because they say the firm recently imposed new working conditions without any consultation with them or their union.
“Such changes include but are not limited to: drastic shift change that negatively impact the health and safety of the employees, wage cuts and lay-offs,” UNDE noted in a news release.
More details about the ongoing labour issues will be outlined at the news conference Wednesday. UNDE National President John MacLennan said the union would unveil its plan to fight back against the changes in working conditions.
UNDE local 90125 represents over 240 members who are employed by SERCO at CFB Goose Bay. Those workers ensure the maintenance and operation requirements of the base infrastructure and airfield and which includes providing engineering services. Such tasks include snow removal, maintenance of all equipment including loaders, snow blowers, plows, hangar doors, computers and telecommunication equipment, maintain the steam, water, sewer and electrical utilities on the base, UNDE noted.
To watch press conference video and see demo photos here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1ozqx3sarog248h/AAA0e_l__8FBUmQkLK6Yc1PZa?dl=0&preview=IMG_5176.JPG