D-J Composites agrees to binding arbitration after premier intervenes

Workers in Newfoundland and Labrador on strike for 92 weeks: Unifor
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 10/11/2018
Labour relations
Binding arbitration will eventually lead to a collective agreement, which will end the lockout, according to Unifor. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

D-J Composites has consented to binding arbitration to resolve a 21-month lockout of Unifor, Local 597 members, said the union.

“On Monday (Oct. 1) we asked Premier Dwight Ball to intervene and stand up for 30 workers who have been on a picket line far too long and we are pleased that with his assistance, we are going to binding arbitration,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president.

Binding arbitration will eventually lead to a collective agreement, which will end the lockout, according to Unifor.

“These 30 workers could have walked away, but instead they stayed and they fought for their right to have a union at work,” said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic regional director. “Be assured we will continue our fight for stronger labour laws that protects workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy.

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