Jagmeet Singh speaks with dockworkers from the port of Quebec, locked out for a year, during a rally in favor of a federal anti-scab law on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, September 19, 2023. (File photo)
The leader of NDP believes that passing the bill will certainly give these people a boost. They see that they are recognized.
USW Local 1944 Regional Director Corey Mandryk welcomed the presence of Jagmeet Singh and Jenny Kwan.
For him, the anti-scab bill is extremely important for workers, [because] it is the tip of the iceberg. Corey Mandryk assures that this law will be essential for those employed by federally regulated companies, such as telecommunications companies like Rogers.
The major issue in the negotiations is job security, specifies Pierre-Luc Dick, national vice-president of local section 1944 of the United Steelworkers Union. According to the latter, the subcontracting of unionized jobs constitutes the main area of concern.
For its part, the company refutes the allegations according to which it wishes to increase the volume of subcontracting and reiterates its commitment to creating 1,200 jobs in the province over the next five years.
These jobs are among the 3,000 positions Rogers Communications promised to create by 2028 in Western Canada when it merged with Shaw.