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4 In 1987, Barcastle Ltd. employed one hundred and ten (110) persons, twenty-five {25) of whom constituted the clerical, administrative and professional staff. Eighty-five (85) workers were employed in the three (3) sections of its production department. Relations with the workers and their union had been generally cordial. The company concluded its first collective agreement with the Union in 1970. The Conversion Department The conversion department received and processed the raw material for the final product. Because of the nature of the company's product, a high premium was placed on the maintenance of hygenic conditions in this and other departments. Twenty-two (22) employees worked on a three-shift-system in the conversion department. The standard shifts were 7.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m.; 3.00 p.m.-10.00 p.m. and 10.00 p.m.-7.00 a.m. There' was a superintendent, assisted by shift-supervisors, shift assistant supervisors and shift relief supervisors in different areas of the conversion department. Two operators also worked on each of the three shifts. The activities performed in this department were critical to the quality of the final product. At the lowest level of the production line, the raw materials were received in bulk and fed into ..a bin, from which it is fed through a conveyor belt into the . boiler The semi-finished product section of the plant for processing. passed through different stages before final packaging. The Incident - Suspension of Timothy James Timothy James worked at the beginning of the production hire` in the raw material handling section of the department. He had joined the company, in 1969 as a casual worker in the packaging department. In 1972 he was transferred to the conversion departIn December 1972, he was warned for sleeping on the-job. ment. View More »

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