DriveTest strike puts brakes on job prospects

A three-month strike at driver examination centres across the provincecould result in a serious career setback for a Toronto residentplanning to become a police officer.

A three-month strike at driver examination centres across the province could result in a serious career setback for a Toronto resident planning to become a police officer.

“Lots of people are getting the short end of the stick for this strike,” said Jesse Greene, 19. “I am missing out on all these opportunities for a better career, more money and a better future.”

In August, contract disputes over job security, wages and seniority between United Steelworkers Local 9511, which represents the province’s 590 DriveTest employees, and employer Serco DES closed 93 examination centres across the province.

The beginning of the strike was uneventful, but as weeks dragged into months the 200,000 people DriveTest estimates have been affected are becoming increasingly frustrated.

Last week, tensions between picketers and truck driving students — taking drive tests at a supervisor staffed site in Lindsay — resulted in one picketing examiner being charged with uttering a death threat.

Supervisors are staffing centres in Barrie, Brampton, Kitchener, Toronto Port Union, North Bay, Thunder Bay and Ottawa, but services are limited.

 
 
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