ICS couriers in Vancouver vote to take strike action

Union calling for job security, pension funding

Couriers at ICS in Vancouver voted in favour of strike action if a resolution with the employer cannot be found.

Bargaining between the union — Unifor Local 114 — and the employer has been ongoing for months.

The parties have been engaged in the process of conciliation under the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) since February 25 and the workers could strike as soon as May 14.

“We want to get a solution done at the bargaining table,” said Unifor Local 114 plant chair Kevin Gibbs. “But ICS has to get serious about the deal.”

According to the union, the company that owns ICS — Transforce — has been slowly consolidating courier businesses in Western Canada, leaving hundreds of workers without jobs. Employees are calling for binding assurances regarding job security moving forward.

In addition to job security the workers named the restoration of pension funding and autonomy in the workplace as major concerns.

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