I was also one of the people caught up in the action as I was traveling home from Ottawa via Toronto. I eventually made it at 3:00 a.m. and my luggage is still en route somewhere, as WestJet opted to load fuel rather than luggage in Ottawa.
It’s really hard to find a newspaper article that actually explains why the workers are taking the action, but when you find it, you find it’s hard not to sympathize with them.
Basically, they’re all being replaced, and their replacements will earn about half what they make – as pointed out above, a sub-standard wage of $14 per hour. 250 of 300 workers involved in refuelling are due to lose their jobs on Oct. 1.
Under current legislation, the union leaders have to be ‘opposed’ to the action or they risk going to jail.
I am 100% in support of the workers. You spend 40 years working with a company and then they dump you out on the street? And do you really want people earning only $14 per hour responsible for refueling your aircraft? Think about it. This is no way to run a society.
This is why we have to get rid of the bums who run the country, both Tory and Liberal. This sort of behaviour by corporations should no longer be tolerated.
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