150 workers at Irving Shipbuilding walked off the job in Halifax on Thursday.
The workers remained on the Irving property but stayed outside of the hall for at least an hour before they returned inside.
According to sources within the worker’s union, Unifor 1, the decision was prompted by the workers noticing on their pay stubs that Irving was no longer paying pension contributions on overtime work.
On Thursday, 150 workers requested to meet with management over the issue.
According to a post on the union’s webpage, the decision was made unilaterally by Irving despite the two sides currently being in conciliation over their contract.
Sean Lewis, director of communications, for the shipyard disputes that description.
According to Lewis, union leaders were reminded in November that the pension benefits on overtime work would expire at the end of 2017.
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The union source says that the walkout was not sanctioned by the union as they had previously asked their members to stay on the job despite the pay stub issue.
Kevin McCoy, President of Halifax Shipyard, reportedly met with the assembled workers to address their concerns, and he agreed to continue the practice of paying pension contributions.
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