This is what it’s like to live with a tendering system

From my own experience, I was working on contract for the past 5 years and I must admit I wasn’t sure of anything. Nothing can be built or planned in the long term when you have no security. I even asked myself if it would be possible to have a family some day while living comfortably. Do you know what is to have 3-4 apps on job search to find your perfect fit? LinkedIn, Indeed, Group Facebook, name it. I know, trust me.

Recently I got a job with the UCTE. They have a collective agreement with benefits and advantages that I hadn’t known could exist. I could finally breathe and make long-term plans.

Employees at airports across Canada who are in a state of constant competition live with insecurity and fear. If you don’t know what a call for tenders is, I’ll explain it to you. Whenever the employers decided to reissue a public call for tenders, this means that all the businesses with expertise in the field can bid. After the closing date, the employers will choose the best price, the best presentation or an acquaintance who submitted a bid. Maybe the company that was in place will win the call again, but maybe it won’t. Calls for tenders in the strict sense of the term are mainly used by legal obligation to issue public procurement contracts.

The fear of losing your job when you have a family causes very intense stress. Stressed employees don’t work the way they should. Giving 100% under these conditions is almost impossible. We want them to be comfortable and give their best. It’s pleasant to get up in the morning and be happy to go to work.

To put you in context, remember that the airport screeners have been protected against contract transfers, which makes them the only airport employment sector to have long-term job security.

I’ll give you an example of a situation that risks putting a lot of workers in a VERY uncomfortable situation. I’ll explain briefly. The 90 restaurant workers at Vancouver International Airport were at risk of losing their seniority and their jobs, all because of a contract transfer. The company who manage the restaurant didn’t come back. Now, everyone can lose their seniority, job, insurance and so much more.

“This is a really difficult period for us,” Jatinder said. “We don’t care what company will take over. Our goal is that we just want to stay here. We love our work. We would like to stay here. “

Simpson is sick and taking medication for diabetes and high blood pressure. “I need my medical insurance, my medical insurance,” she said. “I’m lost. I’m totally lost. I thought I’d stay here until my retirement, but it seems that’s not going to happen. “

They are one case among many others. We want to steer all the employees under the same contract transfer protection as the screening officers succeeded in obtaining recently. If the problem is in one sector and they impose rules, why not apply them to all employees under the Canadian Labour Congress? We demand for our members at YVR who maintain the fuelers, the IT group and the 2 security groups at Winnipeg airport are afforded the same protection.

In an ideal world, we want all the airport sectors to have rules to protect them and protect us as well. We must have people with expertise and training to protect those who are entering and leaving our country. What do you think?

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