Strike mandate for MDA engineers and scientists

The company must stop its arbitrary and abusive practices.SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, QC, July 4, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ -A Given the employer's refusal to stop its arbitrary and abusive practices, the QuA©bec engineers and scientists of MDA, a leader in spaced-based radar and satellite communication systems, voted 87% in favour of a strike mandate. The Space Systems Engineers and Scientists Association (SSESA) criticizes the employer's refusal to address job insecurity and loss of expertise issues, while merely proposing superficial and cosmetic modifications to the collective agreement.These specialists, who are the backbone and expertise of the company and who contribute to the promotion of Canadian aerospace engineering, are exposed to arbitrary and abusive practices by the employer. In fact, MDA does not take into account the expertise and specialization developed over time, the seniority or the dedication of its employees when downsizing is necessary. These experienced engineers and scientists have often developed iconic solutions that are internationally recognized but are dismissed in favour of less experienced employees solely for the purpose of saving a few dollars. The SSESA is concerned about this workforce management style, since it comes at the expense of quality and knowledge transfer.Disrespect and loss of expertise
Without a labour agreement since April 2019, MDA's QuA©bec engineers and scientists have contributed to Canadian achievements in space, including Radarsat, the Canadarm and the International Space Station. MDA is not respecting them by arbitrarily laying off experienced employees with cutting-edge expertise.These abusive practices from the employer are leading to a loss of expertise and quality for the entire Canadian aerospace sector. In fact, the highly specialized employees dismissed by MDA are faced with a heartbreaking choice: leave the country or retrain in another sector.
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