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Arbitration Decision

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Collective Agreement, Working Conditions, Safe, Safety Boots, Protective Device, Obligation, Compensation, Redress


Under the Collective Agreement, the Company and the Union agreed "to provide safe working conditions, proper and adequate tools, equipment and protective devices". The Union argued that this provision required the Company to provide safety boots. Originally the Company had examined the issue and intended to provide each employee with one pair of safety shoes a year (prior to this, the Company had contributed towards the purchase of safety shoes). Based on the experience of another Company, it was decided not to provide shoes but to initiate a new policy of making a greater contribution to the cost of new safety shoes. At issue is whether the safety boots were a protective device as considered by the Collective Agreement and, if so, whether the Company had the obligation to provide the boots. The Union wished redress for employees required to buy safety boots.