Ikea slapped with labour violation in B.C. strike dispute

Offering incentives for workers to cross picket line in bad taste, board rules
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 08/11/2014

Management at Ikea’s flagship store in Richmond, B.C., committed unfair labour practices after trying to negotiate directly with striking staffers, the provincial labour board has ruled.

At the end of July, British Columbia’s labour board decided Ikea had acted in bad faith and violated provincial labour laws by trying to bargain directly with employees through a website posting, which offered monetary incentives for employees to cross the picket line.

About 350 workers at the Swedish retail giant’s Richmond store — one of only two unionized locations in the country — have been on strike since May 2013, with no negotiations taking place since December of that year.