Toronto, January 22, 2014 — The armed robbery at Fairview Shopping Centre (Toronto) on the evening of January 20 has raised questions about the safety of armoured car workers.
“The safety of this industry’s workers is an issue we’ve been working on it for a while now,” explained Teamsters Canada Armoured Car Director Jim Chalmers. “But I think it’s better to wait for the results of the police investigation before drawing hasty conclusions.”
“In the meantime, we’re going to provide support to our two members who were involved in the exchange of gunfire.”
The Teamsters Union has been working for some time on identifying and resolving the safety issues in this industry. The Teamsters’ representatives have met with Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney as well as his staff.
“We’re going to continue our close collaboration to improve the safety of our members and, of course, the general public,” added the union leader. “Hence, we think we need to work with all the stakeholders to implement sustainable and viable solutions.”
The Teamsters Union represents close to 2000 Canadian workers in this industry.
The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications
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