Irshadgul News report,
Toronto: Canada’s National Exhibition returns to Toronto this week amid a strike by unionized security inspectors.
Inspectors represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union quit on July 21 after contract negotiations with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority broke down.
CNE says it has taken steps to ensure that labor action does not compromise the safety of visitors, vendors or employees.
It says TSSA management has taken “proactive measures” such as traveling to other appropriate sites to inspect equipment prior to arrival at CNE.
The Canadian National Exhibition Association CEO, Darrell Brown, says the fair also has its own security engineering team to conduct additional checks on top of the TSSA inspections.
Brown says he is concerned, however, that a sit-in outside the fair could discourage people from attending as the event seeks to bounce back from the financial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.
OPSEU workers staged a sit-in at the exhibition site, where the fair is held on Sunday and are set to return for the CNE’s inauguration day on Friday.
The fair will continue till September 5.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 15, 2022.
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