Unifor members at Expertech vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike mandate

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TORONTO - Unifor members employed by Expertech, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., expressed overwhelming support for a strike mandate.

Technicians supported the measure by 93.4%, while clerical workers voted 81% in favour of strike action. The vote, which achieved a remarkable 86% turnout, demonstrates the willingness of workers to stand up for their rights.

"The united and unequivocal voice of our members at Expertech resonates clearly: they are prepared to fight for a fair and equitable agreement,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “It’s time for Expertech to recognize the value and contributions of its workers.”

The strike vote was necessary because Bell Expertech had still not made a substantial monetary offer, nor committed to limiting excessive subcontracting or investing in its own workforce.

"Despite our efforts at negotiation and conciliation, Bell Expertech has not yet taken the necessary steps to meet our members' legitimate expectations. We are waiting to see a real willingness on the part of the company to engage seriously in discussions that will lead to a fair agreement for all," added Daniel Cloutier, Unifor Quebec Director.

The negotiating committee will call on the conciliator to resume negotiations in the hope of reaching an agreement for all parties involved.

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