Coast Guard proceeds with MCTS Comox closure prior to Parliamentary Committee Recommendations

OTTAWA, April 11, 2016 /CNW/ - The union representing Canada's Coast Guard Communications Officers says that Coast Guard Management is proceeding with an ill-advised plan to close the Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre (MCTS) in Comox, BC despite the fact that the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans is still investigating the proposal and has yet to make its recommendations.

At a hearing tomorrow of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, the President of Unifor 2182 will testify that front line Officers have been told that MCTS Comox will close in less than a month. The decision to close May 10 was made while the Committee continues to gather evidence for its report and without regard for the Parliamentary process.

"The Coast Guard is rushing into this despite evidence of flawed communication technology, critical staffing shortages and increased risk to marine safety," said Joie Warnock, Unifor's Western Director. "This is not only a bad business decision, it is a reckless one. "


Verbal testimony


Tuesday, April 12 beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET


Room 228, The Valour Building, Ottawa


Allan Hughes, Coast Guard Communications Officer, President Unifor Local 2182

Allan Hughes is available for media interviews in Ottawa.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing nearly 300 communication officers at Canada's Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) centres.


For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O'Keefe at 416-896-3303 (cell) or


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