|Former UNIFOR President Jerry Dias|
Members of the National union UNIFOR, which represents a significant part of the national unionized workforce received the first update on a union matter that has seen their former President, Jerry Dias in the spotlight over some alleged questionable behaviour.
In a report delivered today it was announced the the National Executive Board for the union had determined that Mr. Dias is in breach of Article 4 of the UNIFOR Code of ethics and Democratic practices.
The four key elements of the Investigation into the issue include:
In December 2021 and January 2022, Dias promoted a supplier’s rapid test kits to various Unifor employers, either directly or through Unifor staff under his direction. Several employers of Unifor members purchased tests as a result of Dias’ introductions.
At some point prior to January 20, 2022, Dias accepted the sum of $50,000 from the supplier.
On January 20, 2022 Dias gave a Unifor employee what Dias said was half of the funds ($25,000), telling the employee that it had come from the supplier.
The employee subsequently lodged a complaint under the Unifor Code of Ethics and delivered the funds that he received from Dias to the National Secretary-Treasurer.
The investigation was commissioned by UNIFOR National Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne, who received a formal complaint about Mr. Dias' activities in late January.
“Unifor is built on a democratic foundation that holds all members to the highest of standards. Our Constitution has strong checks and balances, a robust code of ethics and comprehensive enforcement procedures to ensure that the conduct of all elected leaders reflects the responsibilities entrusted to them,” -- Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne .