Worker fired for serious mistakes at food plant

Despite the grievor's admission of guilt and contrition, the arbitrator found that his failure was too serious, and placed the employer under too much jeopardy from the impact of a mistake of this sort.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/02/2012

A worker at an ice cream factory was fired after it was discovered he mistakenly used an egg base to mix a batch of ice cream.

R.B. began part-time as a seasonal worker at an ice cream factory in 2005. He moved to full-time in 2009. R.B. had about two-and-a-half years’ seniority when he was fired in 2011. He had a written warning on his record for using the wrong ingredients in a product.

R.B. worked the afternoon shift on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. As a mix-maker, R.B. was responsible for a number of tasks in the mix department, including mixing the raw materials to make the base for ice cream and adding the flavouring to the ice cream.