Strike averted at Bombardier

Strike averted at Bombardier

BETTING À DAY

Unionized workers at Bombardier accepted Bombardier's latest offer by 73.4% on Wednesday, averting a prolonged strike.

The offer was ratified with the participation in the vote of 80.3% of the approximately 1,800 employees of Local 712 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), who work in Bombardier factories in Dorval and the borough of Saint-Laurent, in Montreal.

The union had already warned earlier this week that if the tentative agreement is rejected, an indefinite general strike would be called on Wednesday.

The new contract includes an average salary increase of 6.5% for the first year, retroactive to December 4, 2021, followed by salary increases of 3% for the second and third years. For the last two years, employees will receive salary increases equal to inflation plus 0.5%, ranging from 1.5 to 3%.

“Beyond salaries, we went to seek the guarantee that no task will be outsourced for the next five years, in addition to bringing work from subcontractors to our members, explained in a press release Éric Rancourt, IAMAW business agent responsible for the Bombardier unit.

The employer, for his part, was delighted to see his offer accepted. “The ratification of the new collective agreement demonstrates a mutual commitment to the success of Bombardier sites in Montreal,” the company argued.

To obtain this new agreement, the union had to give way to its demands for the indexation of retirees' pensions.

“It is a disappointment not to have succeeded in making right to Bombardier on this point and we understand the disappointment of some members and retirees. That said, nothing prevents us from coming back to the charge during the next negotiation”, underlined the president of the local section 712, Christian Bertrand.

The union argued, in its negotiations, that the employees of Bombardier should be recognized for the sacrifices they have made to help the Montreal aircraft manufacturer get through the last few years, which have been particularly turbulent between the sale of the CSeries range to Airbus and the COVID-19 pandemic.< /p>

“Bombardier will have work to do over the next five years to regain the confidence of workers and rebuild the sense of belonging,” warned Mr. Rancourt.