Take precarious jobs off the menu for Trent’s food service workers
Trent’s food service workers are an important part of the university community, but they aren’t Trent employees. Their employer is Compass Group of Canada, the food services giant, which operates as Chartwells on campus.*
Ever since Compass/Chartwells took over the contract to deliver food services at Trent, the jobs – and lives – of food service workers at Trent have become more and more precarious.
As Compass converts more and more full-time jobs to part-time, food service workers at Trent must scramble for enough hours to earn a decent pay cheque. They have no guaranteed hours of work; when workers are laid off in summer, many haven’t worked enough to qualify for EI.
Food service workers wanted to deal with precarious work and other related issues in contract negotiations. But Compass has flatly refused. It has said no to mediation with the Ministry of Labour and no to providing better jobs. Workers could be on strike or locked out as early as January 31.
Meanwhile, Compass Group of Canada had $1.9 billion in revenues in 2015. And since Trent University entered into a management-fee contract with Compass/Chartwells, it has almost doubled the surplus that it gets from its food services operations.
Yet neither organization will take responsibility for creating the kind of good-quality jobs that deliver the best services and help build communities.
Send the letter below to Compass and Trent to let them know that you support of Trent’s food service worker and their fight for good-quality jobs at Trent and in Peterborough.
* Chartwells is the division of Compass that runs “higher education dining services.”