170 Ontario safety inspectors for amusement parks, elevators and food trucks go on strike

TORONTO — The union that represents safety inspectors to the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) says contract negotiations have broken down, leaving 170 of its members as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

In a statement posted on its website, OPSEU/SEFPO says security inspectors were negotiating with Local 546 for their first contract since November 2021, and the talks broke down on Wednesday afternoon when the TSSA walked away from the table.

The union says the strikers are inspecting amusement park rides, food trucks, elevators, fuel-burning equipment, boilers and pressure vessels and elements in nuclear power plants, as well as providing support to police and firefighters.

Key issues in the negotiations include wages, benefits, understaffing and improved accountability for the TSSA’s public safety standards and practices.

The TSSA posted its own statement on its website earlier this week when the strike announcement was issued, stating that contingency plans were in place in the event of a strike by inspectors.

The authority says it will continue to respond to serious security incidents and inspect all sites classified as high risk, as well as provide services for critical infrastructure, such as hospitals and care homes.

He says everything will be done to limit the disruption to business as much as possible.

OPSEU/SEFPO says workers will pick up at the entrance to Canada’s Wonderland Thursday afternoon.

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