Telecoms ask to intervene in SCC workplace safety case

Originally published by The Wire Report
Author: Ahmad Hathout

Rogers Communications Inc. and BCE Inc. are among a number of organizations that have asked the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to intervene in a case involving workplace safety obligations in areas outside of their control.

At issue in Canada Post Corp. v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers is whether a company must provide safety inspections where employees find themselves outside of the job’s physical location. The Federal Court found the obligation unreasonable because the postal service doesn’t control its carrier routes and points, but the Federal Court of Appeal overruled that decision. The SCC granted Canada Post’s appeal in April.

“It’s an unworkable and unrealistic requirement,” Marc Choma, spokesman for Bell, said in an emailed statement about the appeal court’s decision. Bell filed its application to intervene jointly with CBC/Radio-Canada this week.

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