Justice for Janitors

Justice for Janitors

February 02, 2015 06:51 ET

Info Pickets at Molson Plant Postponed Due to Inclement Weather

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 2, 2015) - The info-pickets planned for today at the Molson plant at 33 Carlingview Drive in Toronto have been postponed due to inclement weather. Once the action is rescheduled an announcement will be made.

Last week, 60 percent of the janitorial staff received notices from ISS Facility Services Inc., the giant Danish multi-service company that takes over the cleaning contract today, notifying them that they would not be retained.

This is a departure from the common practice in the industry, where janitors are normally retained by incoming cleaning contractors. When GDI Services took over the contract from Compass Facility Services four years ago, workers kept their jobs, their years of services were respected and the collective bargaining agreement was recognized. ISS has refused to respect the standard practice.

While the two most senior employees are being retained, there is serious concern about their job security moving forward.

According to their website, ISS Facility Services operates in over 50 countries and employs over half a million people. Their 2013 Group Annual Report says the company's revenue was over $78 DKKm that year (over $CDN 15 billion using today's exchange rate).

"Companies like ISS Facility Services make millions but they don't want workers like me to have a living wage or benefits," says Eduardo Bernardo, an employee who had cleaned at Molson for the last five years. "This isn't right; these companies should respect workers and not treat us like disposable rags."

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  • Ritch Whyman