Ontario security inspectors conclude 11-7 days strike, accept collective arrangement

An 11-week strike by protection inspectors is formally in excess of soon after union customers accepted a revised arrangement, officials say.

Personnel for the Specialized Benchmarks and Security Authority (TSSA) — who are represented by the Ontario Community Provider Workers Union (OPSEU) — ratified a tentative settlement introduced on Friday.

The ratification was confirmed Saturday evening.

The 170 provincial basic safety inspectors took strike motion on July 21 just after unsuccessful bargaining talks. They are responsible for inspecting a vast range of institutions and infrastructure — from boilers to fuel stations and household buildings.

The conclusion of the strike marks the group’s initially collective agreement given that joining OPSEU and unionizing in early 2021.

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“The TSSA safety inspectors’ resilience speaks volumes to the great importance of their battle for meaningful transform,” reported OPSEU/SEFPO president JP Hornick.

“They stood together all over the strike, supported 1 one more, harnessed the electrical power of the whole labour motion, and arrived out even more robust for it.”

According to OPSEU/SEFPO, the tentative arrangement — which has now been ratified — was attained “in the early hours” of Friday.

— with information from Global News’ Hannah Jackson

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