GardaWorld workers protest office closure
GardaWorld employees gathered in downtown Ottawa Tuesday to voice their discontent — and plan to continue on Wednesday.
About 130 employees have been locked out since May, when the security firm announced all Ottawa operations will be handled from its Gatineau headquarters.
Andre Desjardins, Unifor Local 4266 president representing the locked out employees, said they just want the company to come back to the bargaining tables.
“Right now, I have no idea where this is going,” Desjardins said. “It’s unfortunate.”
Desjardins added despite the company’s job offers to 50 employees on the Quebec side, it means the employees would lose their seniority and start as a new employee.
Moreover, the company wants to cut the employees benefits and pension plan, Desjardins said.
But GardaWorld spokeswoman Natalie de Champlain said in an e-mail that the employees are not locked out, since the Ottawa branch was officially closed on May 25.