Aerospace industry subcontractor Delastek has announced an expansion in Mexico, while members of Local 1209 in Québec continue a strike that has lasted over two-years. Unifor believes this expansion demonstrates, once again, that Delastek never intended to negotiate in good faith with workers.
“If the ultimate intention is to move production to Mexico, it further illustrates that they only seek to save on production by cutting labour costs,” said Québec Director Renaud Gagné.
“This is a way of avoiding Québec's laws and must be condemned, just as we condemn the relocation of larger companies to countries where wages and regulations on labour, environment and taxation are non-binding.”
A court case is currently underway to determine whether production work is being done by strikebreakers at the plant in Grand-Mère, as Unifor maintains. Recently, Bombardier executives came to testify that Delastek's work for CSeries is no longer in research and development, contrary to employer claims.
“For us, it is the courts that will ultimately decide the issue, because it is clear that we cannot resolve anything with an employer who uses tactics to do everything it can to avoid coming to a solution,” Gagné said.
Approximately 50 Delastek employees have been on strike since April 1, 2015. Respect for union affiliation and unionized work are at the heart of the labour dispute.
“It is all the more deplorable that this company was born largely by the granting of public subsidies and now it is breaking its obligations,” said Gagné.