(Montreal) As negotiations for 1,800 workers at Bombardier enter a crucial phase, the union has called President and Chief Executive Officer Eric Martel to a meeting on Friday to avoid an indefinite strike erupting.
Updated yesterday at 3:49pm.
And Bombardier’s big boss accepted the invitation, the company announced on Thursday afternoon.
During this meeting, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), which is affiliated with the FTQ and represents 1,800 workers at Bombardier’s Dorval and Saint-Laurent plants, will again meet with management representatives at the negotiating table.
The union then hopes for a new offer from management.
The union members had already rejected the employer’s last offer last Saturday by 76 percent.
The final offer, which was rejected last Saturday, still included a $1.85 per hour increase in the first year of the contract, then increases of 3% for the second and third years. For the fourth and fifth years of employment, the offer included salary increases of 0.5% above the CPI, with a minimum of 1.5% and a maximum of 2.5%.
This offer also included provisions to terminate certain subcontracting activities and to increase employment protection.
Following this rejection of the so-called final offer, union members went on a one-day strike last Monday before returning to work on Tuesday to continue negotiations.
On Thursday morning, Éric Rancourt, IAMAW business agent in charge of Bombardier’s filing, said he would like to see Bombardier’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Éric Martel, attend Friday’s negotiating session “to address the outbreak of a general and indefinite hit’.
Earlier this week he reported that his membership had been “boosted” after the day’s strike and that support for the negotiating committee was “phenomenal”.
And Mr Martel’s response was quick: “We confirm that Éric Martel received a request to meet with the union on Friday and that he has agreed to attend the meeting,” the Service of Relations confirmed with the Bombardier media .
The main points of contention concern salary and the indexation of old-age pensions. The employer also asks the union to be open about the duration of the collective agreement.