Private investigators find workplaces ripe for unions

Companies that resort to PIs for theft, drugs may find they have deeper morale issues
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2011

POOR TREATMENT OF employees is part of the catalyst for workplaces to unionize, according to Peter Martin, president of AFI International Group, a Milton, Ont.-based private investigation firm, and one of the reasons employers are now conducting private investigations into how supervisors are treating their workers.

“They’re hiring us to monitor the treatment of employees by supervisors,” he said. “Are they following policies and procedures? Or are they belittling employees or harassing them?”

Desmond Taljaard, AFI’s vice-president of corporate investigations, said employees are often too afraid to come forward when they are being treated badly.