Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shooting in Lawrence Heights underscores need for improved safety in armoured car industry

TORONTO, June 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The shooting earlier this morning in the Lawrence Heights area in Toronto during an attempted robbery on an armoured car underscores the need for improved safety regulations in the industry, argues Unifor.
The guard was shot several times while his Garda truck was pulled up to a TD Bank branch. The second guard of the two-person crew remained in the vehicle and was unharmed.
"Our thoughts are with the guard, his family as well as his crew partner, who undoubtedly is in a state of shock," said Mike Armstrong, Unifor national representative.
Unifor has been calling on federal lawmakers to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for the armoured car industry that enhances safety and prevents crime by establishing minimum standards in employee training, vehicle specifications and safety equipment requirements. The union's campaign also calls for minimum 3-person crew compliments for high-risk pick-ups, including when ATM bags are handled at night.
The use of smaller crew compliments (e.g. two-person crews) as well as un-armed crew members creates a far easier target for armed robbery and poses increasing risks to worker and public safety.
Representatives of Unifor met with Director General of Policing Policy Mark Potter, from the office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on June 5 over the union's concerns about safety within the industry. The union continues to press federal Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney to initiate a multi-stakeholder taskforce to undertake a more thorough examination of safety issues in the industry.
Since 2000, there have been more than 70 attacks on armoured cars in Canada, with four in the past year including the incident that occurred this morning.
Unifor represents 305,000 members across the country, including 2,000 members in the armoured car and secure logistics industry, employed largely by Brinks and Garda.
For a copy of Unifor's review of the armoured car industry and complete recommendations to improve its safety, go to www.

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Media Advisory - Unifor to make announcement about trucker working conditions

VICTORIAMarch 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor National President Jerry Dias will make an announcement Wednesday in Victoria regarding the ongoing dispute at the Port Metro Vancouver.
"Until the federal government commits itself to these negotiations, a sustainable resolution is nowhere in sight," said Dias. "We're prepared to work around the clock to get a deal. To make that happen, Minister Raitt must take responsibility for her role in ending the dispute at the port."
Who: Jerry Dias, Unifor national president; Paul Johal, Unifor-VCTA president;
 Gavin McGarrigle, BC Area Director
When: Wednesday, March 2610:30am
Where: Cedar Room (Room 241), Legislature Buildings, Victoria, BC
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector.
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For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Two-person armoured car crews ruled unsafe

In a landmark ruling released this morning, two-person armoured car crews have been declared unsafe by a federal health and safety officer after an exhaustive investigation.
“This ruling upholds what we have been saying – that two-person crews are unsafe for the crew members, and the public,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.  Read more: