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Twelve cleaning and maintenance workers at an Ottawa mall are fighting for their jobs after being thrown out of work without notice last week.

We were called into a meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Monday and told we no longer had a job, says Ra006c Shank, spokesperson for CUPE 4266.06. Replacement workers were bringing in their equipment while we were being pressured to sign away our jobs.

Replacement workers earning minimum wages with no benefits were brought into the mall.

Many of these workers have more than 20 years of service at the Carlingwood Mall and are being thrown out of work right before the holiday season. Its disgusting, says CUPE representative Andy Mele.

The local is reaching out to other unions, seniors groups and local community groups to ask for their support including calling for a boycott of the mall and setting up picket lines until the jobs are restored and members are back to work