Today: Unifor submission on Bill C-5

OTTAWA, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Unifor Atlantic Director Lana Payne will be speaking this afternoon before the Standing Committee on Natural Resources hearings into Bill C-5, which proposes a new safety regime for the offshore oil and gas industry.

The industry has been hit with tragedy over the years, including the sinking of the Ocean Ranger drill rig in February 1982, killing 84 workers, and the crash of Cougar helicopter Flight 491 in March 2009, killing 17 workers.

While Unifor welcomes the proposed safety regime in Bill C-5, Unifor will today be calling for a strong and independent safety and environmental authority for the offshore oil and gas industry, similar to those in place in Norway, Australia and the United Kingdom.

  • What: Unifor Atlantic Director Lana Payne will be speaking before the Standing Committee on Natural Resources hearings into Bill C-5
  • Where: Room 268, La Promenade Building, 151 Sparks Street, Ottawa
  • When: Today, December 9, 2013, 3:30pm

Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged. With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector. Unifor is Canada's largest energy union with more than 20,000 members, including more than 700 working offshore.

Unifor's submissions to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources will be available later today at http://www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/briefs-statements/briefs-submissions.

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For further information:

Unifor Atlantic Director Lana Payne at (709) 743-5343 (cell) or lana.payne@unifor.org, or Unifor Communications Stuart Laidlaw at (647) 385-4054 (cell) or stuart.laidlaw@unifor.org.