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Handlex Workers are on Strike

Feb. 16, 2011, Laval, Que. - Workers at Handlex went on strike Tuesday  evening at Pearson, Trudeau and Mirabel airports, as they were unable to reach an agreement with company management. Around 400 Handlex workers are represented by the Teamsters union.


February 16, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

They are responsible for the loading and unloading of baggage for several airline companies, including Air Transat, Air France, British Airways and Swissair.

The strike began at 8:00 p.m. this evening at the three airports. Managers and scabs could be brought in to replace Handlex workers.

Handlex workers rejected the final offers presented by management during a last-ditch meeting held today at the company's head office in Toronto. The workers considered the company's offers to be inadequate.

Among the principal points of contention between the two parties are salaries, as well as night and split shift bonuses. History would seem to be repeating itself because the parties were in disagreement about the same aspects of the collective agreement during the last round of negotiations a year ago.

There are no meeting schedule with the employer for the moment.

Handlex is a subsidiary of Air Transat.