Layoffs or fewer hours? Neither thank you

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

In these uncertain economic times, employers are looking for ways to balance debts and increase productivity. To do this, some are suggesting various flexible work arrangements — such as work sharing or reduced hours — to avoid layoffs, but Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz Hargrove said unions should refuse to buy-in.

“This is a cop-out, they’re simply trying to take advantage of a difficult situation,” said Hargrove.

He said several companies are pressuring workers to accept pay cuts and make concessions, but union members must maintain a hard line against saying yes to these tactics.