Airport workers across Toronto Pearson back Swissport strikers

Workers and unions across Toronto Pearson International Airport showed their support for striking Swissport ground handlers by taking part in a solidarity rally on 2 August organised by the Toronto Airport Workers’ Council (TAWC).

The TAWC is composed of airport workers from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), SEIU, the Teamsters and Unifor, among others.

It is working with the ITF airports programme to support unions in building a solidarity network airport-wide, with an emphasis on sharing knowledge and mutual support. The TAWC solidarity action exemplifies what the programme is trying to achieve.

The Swissport workers – who are represented by Teamsters 419 – have been on strike since 27 July after bargaining talks derailed.

Harjinder S Badial, vice president of Teamsters Local 419, said: “This strike is about respect, and the solidarity from workers right across the airport is really important to us. It sends a clear message that we are not alone in our fight.”

Michael Corrado, regional assistant directing general chairperson of IAM’s transportation district lodge 140, commented that solidarity was about working with people on the things that mattered, and about believing that a hurt to one was a hurt to all. He added that solidarity was a vital step towards creating a more civilised workplace and a stronger airport community.

See the Swissport workers walking out after announcing the 95 percent strike vote, and find out more about the strike. 

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Frank Moreels

13 Days Ago
Dear Brothers and sisters, The BTB, Belgian Transport Workers’ Union, supports the Swissport ground handlers who are on strike since the 27th of July. We are in solidarity with the battle they and their unioins, amongst which the Teamsters, are fighting to obtain better working conditions and better wages. The message passed by Jarjinder S. Badial, vice president of Teamsters Local 419, is the proof of the solidarity and respect amongst the airport workers. Fight in solidarity!
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