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299 screeners at Pearson airport to be laid off

Jan. 12, 2012, Toronto - The Canadian Auto Workers' union says nearly 300 security screeners at Toronto's Pearson International Airport will be laid off by Garda Security, part of a the Montreal-based security and cash handling company.


January 12, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The screeners have been at odds for months with the company, which is contracted by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to check passengers and baggage before they board flights from the country's largest airport.

The union says Garda Security (TSX:GW) notified staff the 299 layoffs will be effective at the end of the month on Jan. 25.

The CAW says it wants the layoffs delayed and called on the federal transport minister to get involved, saying it's a matter of public safety.

Neither Garda nor the minister have issued a public statement.

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The cuts continue a recent wave of layoffs in central Canada — from hundreds of jobs at the Toronto Hydro utility, to Bell Mobility's call centre in the Toronto area.

In Quebec, French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis has cut 100 jobs in the Montreal area, while Johnson & Johnson shut down its research centre and laid off  126 workers