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Unifor files second ‘bad faith bargaining’ complaint against D-J Composites

Locked out workers from DJ Composites in Gander rallied at Confederation Building in St. John's Tuesday.
Locked out workers from DJ Composites in Gander rallied at Confederation Building in St. John's Tuesday. - Joe Gibbons

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Unifor has filed a second unfair labour practice complaint alleging bad faith bargaining against D-J Composites.
The announcement was made at a rally on the steps of the Confederation Building in St. John’s on Dec. 19. It marked the one-year anniversary of an ongoing lock out of 32 employees in Gander, initiated by the American-based employer.
The company was found guilty of bargaining in bad faith. The complaint filed alleges D-J Composites has failed to comply with the board’s May ruling and continues to bargain in bad faith, contrary to Section 75 of the Labour Relations Act.
D-J Composites was found guilty of bargaining in bad faith with Unifor Local 597 by the provincial labour board in May.
“D-J Composites refuses to abide by the normally accepted practices for collective bargaining, and clearly has no intention of fulfilling its obligations to these workers under the province’s employment laws,” said Shane Wark, assistant to Unifor’s national president.
Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic regional director, calls the unfair dealings attempts at union busting.
“D-J’s owner, Rezaul Chowdhury, seems to be doing everything he can to try and divide the members and get rid of the union in this workplace,” Payne said. “However, angry members will spend another Christmas in the cold more united than ever.”

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