Cleaners at Oshawa school hit the picket traces

Cleaners at the Durham College Oshawa campus are on strike and that means lengthy delays for students and faculty trying to access the site.  About 70 GDI workers have been in a legal strike position since Aug. 24.

Cleaners working at the Durham College Oshawa campus are on strike as the new school year begins.

Students and faculty at the campus can expect major delays, uniform, the union representing the workers, said in a release.

GDI Services workers began legal strike action on Aug. 24 and since then, the college has been using workers to provide minimal cleaning services, the union claimed.

“GDI is using scab workers to perform the cleaning duties of the workers who maintained health standards for students and faculty during the pandemic,” said Uniform National President Lana Payne. “These workers earn $16.05 an hour and are fighting for economic justice. Unifor will not tolerate the use of scabs and will utilize the full power of our union to support our striking members.”

Approximately 70 workers have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2021.

“Our members deserve to be recognized for their work. They deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. They deserve decent work and fair pay,” Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer Len Poirier said.

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