Suspensions levied for employees in punch-up

Inconsistent discipline undermines company determination to terminate fighters
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/06/2011

Citing violations of company policy and referencing new anti-violence provisions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act, a food company fired two workers for engaging in a physical confrontation while at work.

K.P. and M.O. were short service workers with two and three years respectively at the food processing plant when they were fired in 2010.

In June 2010, K.P. became agitated by complaints about his work ethic. Two co-workers — one being M.O. — expressed to him their disapproval of the overly long breaks that K.P. was taking. They also said that he wasn’t very good about helping out his fellow employees.