OTTAWA, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Union that represents Search and Rescue
specialists with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is not surprised at the
findings of the Auditor General's Spring 2013 Report.
"Our members are strong, dedicated individuals so it comes as no
surprise that they meet the standard to respond to an emergency 96% of
the time. They should be applauded that they are doing so much despite
the challenges they face," said Christine Collins, National President
of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees.
The Auditor General's report highlighted the Canadian Coast Guard's
decision to not offer training to ensure that qualified personnel are
always available. "We have been telling CCG that our members are
worried about the lack of investment in them. We worry about the day
to day operations and the lack of succession planning. Ensuring that
there is training to guarantee the safety of both the crew and the
public is critical," said Collins.
UCTE is concerned about how the ability to respond might change. "At
the time of the audit, both of the Marine Rescue Sub-centres in St.
John's, NL and Quebec City, QC as well as the Kitsilano Coast Guard
Station in BC were fully operational. With a shortage in personnel
looming, and the closure of these vital resources, the Canadian Coast
Guard has made Canadians who depend on the water vulnerable. I wonder
if it will take another death before they do the right thing," Collins
The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees, a component of the
Public Service Alliance of Canada, represents the ships' crew and
search & rescue specialists with the Canadian Coast Guard.
SOURCE: Union of Canadian Transportation Employees
For further information:
Communications & Special Projects Officer, UCTE