December 9, 2011
PSAC will fight against layoffs at Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
OTTAWA – The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will fight back against the layoff of 17 employees at the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC). Workers were told on the morning of December 8 – just two weeks before Chrismas – that they would be terminated effective the same day.
The affected workers are involved in managing and designing exhibits, conservation work and technical services—in short, they provide Canadian and foreign tourists visiting the museums with a rich and educational experience, highlighting Canada's proud heritage in the field of science and innovation.
The Collective Agreement between the PSAC and the CSTMC requires that:
reductions be carried out via attrition whenever possible;
every effort be made to reassign affected employees to other positions at the museums;
the union be provided notice of impending cuts as much in advance as possible.
The Museums Corporation did not follow any of these contractual clauses and is in serious breach of the Collective Agreement. Instead, the Museums Corporation is choosing to disrupt the ability of its employees to provide important and innovative services to Canadians.
“This is shocking behaviour by the Museums Corporation during what should be a joyful holiday season,” said Larry Rousseau, the PSAC's Regional Executive Vice-President for the National Capital Region. “We will fight for our rights and not allow our members to be treated with such profound disrespect.”
Date Modified : 2011/12/12