At a news conference Friday at St. John’s International Airport, airport CEO Keith Collins called for striking PSAC workers to return to the bargaining table on Tuesday and talk until a settlement is reached. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
The St. John’s International Airport Authority is filing a formal complaint against the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) for bad faith bargaining in relation to the ongoing airport strike.
Both parties returned to negotiation yesterday, but according to a news release from the airport authority, PSAC has refused to discuss a resolution to business issues. Further, the release states, PSAC hasn’t tabled any new proposals since June and hasn’t responded to a proposal from the authority sent four weeks ago.
“PSAC is not respecting the collective bargaining process or their duty under the Canada Labour Code to negotiate a collective agreement in good faith. While we continue to show flexibility on all the outstanding issues, the union has folded their arms and refused to engage. They will negotiate only if we remove all our issues and discuss only theirs. This is unacceptable. It is irresponsible. It is also not negotiating,” said Keith Collins, president and CEO of the airport authority, in the news release.
The Telegram will continue to follow this story and more information will be provided as it becomes available.