OTTAWA, July 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The members of the Union of Canadian
Transportation Employees (UCTE) send their thoughts and wishes of
support for the town of Lac-Mégantic, QC in the wake of the train
derailment on July 6, 2013.
"This is a terrible tragedy", says Christine Collins, UCTE National
President. "Rightfully, at this time the focus needs to be on helping
UCTE represents inspectors for all modes of transportation, including
the approximately 80 rail inspectors at Transport Canada. In response
to recommendations from the Union, the Transportation Safety Board, and
various advisory and parliamentary reports, Transport Canada has
allocated funds to rail safety. Furthermore, despite all the
government budgetary cuts, Transport Canada has not significantly cut
rail safety whatsoever. It should also be noted that only in rail
safety is safety management system considered an additional layer of
oversight including the government inspectorate.
UCTE members are concerned however that a lot of attention is placed
examining reports about dangerous shipments by both rail and marine
while more time needs to be invested in responding to the significant
changes that have taken place in the transportation of dangerous goods.
UCTE knows that in the days to come there will be assessments and
reviews of the tragedy. "The community needs to get the facts about
what happened and I hope that the government will engage our members,
the experts in rail inspection, for input on how to prevent this
tragedy from repeating," said Collins. "In the meantime, the focus must
remain on the community and its people."
The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees, a component of the
Public Service Alliance of Canada, represents the majority of unionized
workers at Transport Canada.
SOURCE: Union of Canadian Transportation Employees
For further information:
Lira Buschman, Communications & Special Projects Officer
Christine Collins, UCTE National President