Striking Veterans Rally at Canadian Corps of Commissionaires HQ

Ottawa – Commissionaires who provide security at the Canadian Forces Base in Kingston are entering their second month on strike, since walking off the job on June 24, 2019. Workers are looking for better paid sick leave provisions after losing their 2 paid sick days that were legislated by the previous Ontario Liberal government.

What:             Rally at the Corps of Commissionaires Headquarters

When:            Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8 a.m.

Where:           Canadian Corps of Commissionaires (100 Gloucester Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0A4)

Despite efforts by the union (the Public Service Alliance of Canada), to resume negotiations and help end this labour dispute, the Corps of Commissionaires is refusing to negotiate further. Instead they are demanding that the workers accept a deal that they have rejected twice already.

“Our bargaining team has presented the Corps with a wide variety of options to create a mutually beneficial agreement to end the strike, but they refuse to budge,” says Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President. “They claim they can’t afford to give more, yet what have they done with the money they have saved from the last 8 weeks?”

The Canadian Corps of Commissionaires was created to provide meaningful, dignified employment to Canada’s veterans. Yet, these veterans have had to walk the picket line for two months now because their employer refuses negotiate fairly. This is why we are now focusing on the Corps headquarters, to pressure this employer to do the right thing and get these veterans back to work.  

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Jill O’Reilly, Political Communications Officer, – 613-808-6523