If you can’t do the job it’s your fault (editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/24/2001

You get what you pay for, as the saying goes. So what is one to think about recent statements by federal Transport Minister David Collenette in response to requests from airport security guards and their union for more training to better protect the public?

“I’m alarmed…the union is saying their people want training. That means they doubt the skill set of their own people,” Collenette said. “When we identify people who can’t do the job, they’re pulled from the position at the airport.”
Yes, minister, we feel safer now.

Imagine the audacity of the union to admit guards averaging $9 per hour with 40 hours of training are concerned they require further training to tighten security in light of Sept. 11. Collenette appears oblivious to the message he is sending: “If you want to keep your job, shut up and do it poorly because if you ask for help you’re out of here.”