N.S.-born gen­der eq­uity cham­pion named Com­man­der of Bri­tish Em­pire

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

Two of the three mega-blocks of the fu­ture Cana­dian naval ship HMCSÂ Harry DeWolf are seen at the Halifax Ship­yard in Halifax on July 18, 2017.

The union at the Halifax ship­yard where the “back­bone” of the next gen­er­a­tion of Royal Cana­dian Navy ves­sels are be­ing built has given 48-hour strike no­tice, with picket lines ex­pected to go up Saturday morn­ing.

Uni­for is­sued a news re­lease Thursday say­ing a strong ma­jor­ity of 850 union­ized em­ploy­ees at Irv­ing’s Halifax Ship­yard have re­jected a ten­ta­tive con­tract.

Ma­rine Work­ers Fed­er­a­tion Lo­cal 1 said in the re­lease that

75 per cent of its mem­bers voted against the deal of­fered fol­low­ing eight months of ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The lo­cal said the four-year ten­ta­tive agree­ment that was re­jected in­cluded in­creases of 1.5 per cent per year over the next four years.

Uni­for said the em­ployer did not agreed to paid sick days for work­ers, how­ever.

“This is not just about eco­nomics, it’s about re­spect for work­ers and fix­ing the work­place for mem­bers and they are clearly send­ing a strong mes­sage to Irv­ing to­day,” Jerry Dias, Uni­for’s na­tional pres­i­dent, said in the state­ment.

A spokesper­son for J.D. Irv­ing was con­tacted by email and tele­phone, but the com­pany said Thursday morn­ing it was still work­ing on a pub­lic re­sponse re­gard­ing the loom­ing labour dis­pute.

Larry Haiven, a pro­fes­sor emeritus of labour re­la­tions at the Sobeys school of busi­ness at Saint Mary’s Uni­ver­sity in Halifax, said in an in­ter­view that it ap­pears the ten­sions have been brew­ing for some time.

“This comes af­ter sev­eral years of man­age­ment tight­en­ing the screws. There’s a lot of bag­gage that comes into this set of ne­go­ti­a­tions,” he said.

A Halifax-born banker who is a fierce ad­vo­cate of gen­der eq­uity in cor­po­rate board­rooms has been named a Com­man­der of the Most Ex­cel­lent

Or­der of the

Bri­tish Em­pire by Queen El­iz­a­beth.

Brenda Trenow­den is head of the Fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tions Trenow­den Group in Eu­rope for ANZ Bank and global chair­woman of the 30% Club, which cam­paigns for greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women on the boards of the Lon­don Stock Ex­change’s top per­form­ing com­pa­nies.

She says she has been over­whelmed by con­grat­u­la­tory notes and flow­ers since Birth­day Hon­ours this month.

“It’s a big deal in the U.K.,” says Trenow­den, who can now use the post-nom­i­nal ini­tials CBE af­ter her name.

Trenow­den, who for three years also served as pres­i­dent of the City Women Net­work — a busi­ness­women’s group in Lon­don — says she ad­vo­cates for bet­ter gen­der bal­ance on boards and in ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment “not be­cause it’s what’s right but be­cause it’s proven to be bet­ter for busi­ness.” She says there is a “moun­tain of re­search” that shows gen­der par­ity in the work­place is good for a com­pany’s bot­tom line. The 30% Club has nearly reached its goal — with women mak­ing up 28.9 per cent of the boards, up from 12.5 per cent when the cam­paign started. the Queen’s List was re­leased

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