Replacement workers critical in labour disputes

Using temp workers in strikes, lockouts can reduce costs, keep employer in business
By Peter Martin
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/14/2012

A labour dispute can be an uncomfortable and even dreaded subject for many corporate and HR leaders, especially when there is a lack of contingency planning. Negative associations abound with terms such as “work stoppage,” “shutdown” and “lost revenues” casting a black light on the hard months ahead.

However, when the situation calls for a lockout or when unionized workers hit the picket lines, some companies are turning to trained and qualified replacement workers to keep production flowing out and revenues flowing in — often at reduced overall costs.

Rising above negative perceptions