Unifor files common-employer application at Expertech aimed at Bell Canada

Company fully controlled by one entity: Union
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 05/29/2019
The union has witnessed the absolute control Bell has on Expertech’s contracts, resulting in business decisions that has led to layoffs and displacement of jobs, said Unifor. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Unifor filed an application with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) on May 21 claiming that Bell Canada is the rightful employer of technicians and clerical workers at Expertech, insisting that members should be bargaining with Bell Canada.

“What we’re saying is that Expertech is a puppet, owned and controlled wholly by Bell Canada,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president. “We don’t bargain with puppets. Unifor members deserve to sit across the table from their employer, Bell Canada.”

The union submitted the application for Expertech technicians and clerical workers to the CIRB, claiming that Bell Canada is the real employer and not Expertech, consequently, these members ought to be covered by the Bell Canada craft and clerical collective agreements, said the union.

Bell Canada created and is the sole owner of Expertech and it has been steadily decreasing the work allocated to members at Expertech. The union has witnessed the absolute control Bell has on Expertech’s contracts, resulting in business decisions that has led to layoffs and displacement of jobs, said Unifor.

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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