New Campaign Calls for Stronger Regulation in Armoured Car Sector

July 11, 2013, 9:45 AM EST


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The CAW is launching a new, national campaign aimed at enhancing public safety, and the safety of workers, through better industry regulation of Canada's armoured car industry.

The union, representing 2000 armoured car workers in Ontario and British Columbia, has released a new policy paper (entitled "Armed and Safe") as well as a petition calling on federal lawmakers to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework that establishes minimum standards in employee training, vehicle specifications, crew compliments and safety equipment requirements.

The movement of cash and other valuables is inherently dangerous and prone to criminal acts, making it especially risky for a growing number of Canadian workers, said Bob Orr, Assistant to the CAW National President.

"Without a strong regulatory framework that minimizes risk to the public and to workers, companies are more inclined to undermine safety standards in an effort to cut costs," Orr said. "We see it happening today under our current patchwork of federal and provincial rules, and it's destined to get worse unless something is done."

The tragic deaths of three armoured car workers in Edmonton on June 15, 2012 underscore the risks. Industry estimates indicate that since 2000 there have been more than 70 attacks on armoured cars in Canada.

The secure logistics (or "armoured car") industry is a lucrative global business worth about $14 billion. It is dominated by five multinational firms (including Brink's, G4S, Preosegur, Loomis and Garda), many of whom have operations in Canada.

The United States, Australia and European Union member states (including France, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Finland) all have advanced regulations dealing with their respective armoured car industries.

To read the CAW policy brief and to download the petition, visit: www.caw.ca/armedandsafe

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