Driven into the Ground
DriveTest Workers Overwhelmingly Reject "Unacceptable Offer"
Strike only affects workers, 16 years olds and the older generation waitng to renew temporary license
TORONTO - At the suggestion of their bargaining committee, the membership of United Steelworkers Local 9511 resoundingly voted no (78%) to their employer's "final offer". This vote also represented an increase in voter turnout from the previous vote on the "original" final offer.
"After 12 weeks of this unnecessary strike, this vote will send a strong message to Serco DES Inc. (DRIVETEST)," said Jim Young, President of USW Local 9511.
"We can only hope that Serco will finally listen to their employees, quit playing counter-productive games and negotiate a fair contract so the citizens of Ontario can get the quality service they deserve."
For 12 weeks now the union's bargaining committee has been trying to get the employer to propose a reasonable offer that acknowledges the realities on the job and the labour requirements to provide professional, quality service to Ontario's perspective drivers. However, Serco shows little understanding of the concepts of "quality public service" or a "stable, professional workforce".
Upon hearing of the overwhelming vote, Jim Young called on Serco to come back to the bargaining table and propose a reasonable offer and bargain in good faith.
"The picket lines will continue, and the citizens of Ontario will not get the service they deserve, until Serco presents a reasonable offer," said Young.