The BCGEU is calling on the Salvation Army to reinstate laid off workers.
The union says the Salvation Army National Recycling Operation laid off 10 workers at its Victoria recycling centre in Saanich without warning.
“These are disappointing actions from an employer who depends on the goodwill of the public and the commitment of its workers,” said BCGEU president Darryl Walker. “These workers deserve to be treated with respect, according the provisions of the collective agreement signed by the Salvation Army National Recycling Operation and in full compliance with the labour laws of our province. The Salvation Army is failing on all counts.”
The union claims the work will now be performed by non-union workers at each Thrift Store in Victoria and Duncan, a breach of the collective agreement. It is also in violation of Section 54 of the B.C. Labour Relations Code which requires 60 days notice of termination, and includes provisions around severance and the implementation of an adjustment plan.
The Salvation Army did not immediately respond to requests for comment.