VANCOUVER, Feb. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The president of Canada's largest union
in the private sector today reaffirmed his organization's opposition to
the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and other energy projects that
don't create Canadian jobs.
"Canadians don't benefit from pipelines that ship unrefined oil to other
countries, plain and simple," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias
told the union's BC Regional Council in Vancouver. "Keystone XL,
Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgan all have one thing in common: they
steal Canada's natural resource wealth and leave us with nothing to
show for it."
Unifor is calling on the federal government to enforce greenhouse gas
emission targets by limiting the future expansion of bitumen
production. According to Dias, 25,000 high quality jobs would be
created in Canada if the bitumen scheduled to flow through the Northern
Gateway pipeline is refined and processed domestically.
"Good jobs for Canadians is Unifor's top priority. We are going to fight
to ensure that Canada's natural resources are developed sustainably for
the benefit of all Canadians," said Dias.
Dias spoke to more than 200 Unifor delegates at the Westin Bayshore
during the BC Regional Council's inaugural meeting. He also talked
about the union's commitment to building a more inclusive union in all
sectors of Canada's economy.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
SOURCE: Unifor the union
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