PORT COQUITLAM A 28-year Port Coquitlam civic employee was fired at the end of the workday Monday June 30, resulting in a mass walk out by the communitys civic employees today July 2, 2003.
Jeff Brovo, a by-law officer and a member of CUPE Local 498 was fired at the end of the day on Monday after being accused of a breach of policy, one of more than a dozen such accusations that have been launched against the long-term employee by a supervisor who has been on Port Coquitlams payroll for less than two years.
Although city hall remains shut down, Port Coquitlam city council has refused to meet with city staff on the issue.
Meanwhile, CUPE BC president Barry ONeill has joined CUPE 498 members in demanding that this alleged breach be added to the more than one dozen complaints pending against this long-term employee from someone who appears to be a discipline-happy but inexperienced supervisor, said ONeill. The union is also demanding that Brovo s firing be rescinded and that no disciplinary action be taken against the protesting employees.
City staff continue to refuse to return to their posts until an interim solution to the problem has been found. And really, said ONeill, who can blame them. Now, its in city councils hands.
Neil Bradbury CUPE servicing representative - 604-818-9798
or Louise Leclair CUPE communications representative - 604-291-1940.