Scotiabank Workers in Chile Need Our Support

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today President David Black sent a message of support and solidarity on behalf of MoveUP, to striking Scotiabank workers in Chile, who have walked off the job after their employer essentially refused to negotiate with them. 

"We believe Canadian employers should respect their employees, no matter where they are operating in the world. Scotiabank is no exception," said Black.

Black also sent a letter to Brian J. Porter, CEO of Scotiabank, to urge his company to get back to the bargaining table with the union, Sindicato Trabajadores Scotiabank y ex BDD, and negotiate a fair deal with workers.

Here are two things you can do to help:

  • Take a minute to express your solidarity with the Sindicato Trabajadores Scotiabank y ex BDD workers by emailing the union's director, Carlos Cona, at carlos_cona@sindicatobdd.com
  • Send a message to Scotiabank to ask them to get back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair agreement. You can see the letter MoveUP sent below as an example.

 

Brian J. Porter, CEO, Scotiabank
40 King Street West, Suite 1500
Box 402
Toronto, Ontario M5H 3Y2

Dear Mr. Porter,

I am writing as president of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378 (MoveUP), which represents approximately 12,000 members in Western Canada. We are writing to urge you to return to the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith your employees, represented by Sindicato Trabajadores Scotiabank y ex BDD in Chile.

Our union is a member of UNI Finance and many of our members work at credit unions and other financial institutions in British Columbia. We are deeply dismayed to hear that Scotiabank has largely refused to negotiate with Sindicato Trabajadores Scotiabank y ex BDD and listen to the concerns of its workers.

We believe Canadian employers should treat their employees fairly, no matter where they are operating in the world. Just being in another country should not give a company license to exploit its workers.

Our union urges you to return to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair deal for your employees in Chile.

Sincerely,

David Black

President, MoveUP

 

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