Belfast Fruit workers secure new deal
22 members working at Belfast Fruit in Ottawa gained their new three-year collective agreement at a ratification meeting on March 26, 2012. All full-time workers receive an increase of 40 cents as of date of ratification, 35 cents as of March 31, 2013 and 40 cents in the final year of the agreement. Part-time workers receive an increase of 25 cents in each year of the agreement. The part-time wage scale also increases 25 cents in their first year of service, 50 cents in their second year and a minimum of 25 cents in their third year.
Full time employees who have completed one or more years of service as of January 1 of any given year will receive 40 hours of sick leave with pay per calendar year. Those with less than 1 year of service accrue 3 hours and 20 minutes of sick day credits for each month of continuous service. Members will now be paid for statutory holidays if they occur during a leave or suspension.
Significant new language increases safety shoe allowance by $25 for both full and part time workers. Every 12 months full-time workers receive three uniforms while part-time are provided with two, at no cost. Bereavement entitlement improves to 5 days paid leave for the passing of a spouse or child, and 3 days for the members’ parent or sibling.
Negotiating Committee: Julio Jiron and Union Rep Daniel Mercier.