IWA violates CLC constitution

The Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers Union and its local 1-3567 are in violation of the Canadian Labour Congress’ constitution as a result of its activities in B.C.’s health care system.

That’s the finding of a neutral umpire appointed by the CLC to investigate a charge laid against the IWA by the Canadian Union of Public Employees — HEU’s national union.

As a result of the ruling, CLC president Ken Georgetti has asked the IWA to lay out in writing by October 2 the steps it will take to comply with the constitution.

In his ruling September 17, Impartial Umpire Victor Pathe found that the IWA and its local 1-3567 has failed to respect the established work relationship HEU/CUPE had at certain B.C. health facilities by making agreements with private contractors.

HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt welcomed the ruling.

“It’s critical that the trade union movement stand together in opposition to the Campbell Liberals’ agenda of contract breaking and privatization,” says Allnutt. “I’m hopeful that this ruling will make it more difficult for Campbell and his corporate friends to wage war on health care workers.

“This process also reinforces the importance of belonging to a national union,” added Allnutt. “And we’re especially grateful for the efforts made by CUPE national president Judy Darcy on behalf of HEU members.”

Allnutt also thanked Larry Brown of the National Union of Provincial Government Employees and Brooke Sundin of the United Food and Commercial Workers for their solidarity and for their interventions during the hearings held by Pathe in late August.

“There’s real solidarity in our movement and we’ll use that solidarity to fight Campbell’s corporate agenda,” says Allnutt.

Click here for a copy of the ruling.