Union raises stink over odour problem

University accused of negligence in dealing with strong smell
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/31/2014

The Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association raised a stink over the university’s alleged negligence in responding to an odour problem.

The union filed a grievance on behalf of Sue Ghazala, an associate professor in biochemistry for the university’s faculty of science. Ghazala specialized in food research and the union claimed the university was unduly negligent and slow in responding to odour problems in her laboratory.

Efforts to solve the odour issue resulted in Ghazala being deprived of proper lab and office facilities for two extended periods — first between January and August 2010, and again between May 2011 and July 2012.