Merit Canada calls for open tendering at the Toronto District School
OTTAWA, Jan. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Merit Canada strongly denounces the Ontario
Government's decision to impose a renewed contract with the Maintenance
and Construction Skilled Trades Council on the Toronto District School
Board (TDSB) rather than let the Board pursue open tendering that would
provide better value to taxpayers.
"It is inconceivable that an organization that has been found to be
inefficient in a provincially sponsored report and whose former workers
are under police investigation has had its contract renewed. In no
other sector could a service provider that has been documented to be
costing far more than it should be rewarded with a new contract that
lasts until 2014," stated Terrance Oakey, President of Merit Canada.
The Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council is comprised of
the various building trades unions, which were part of the Working
Families Coalition that spent millions of dollars to re-elect the
Ontario Liberals in the last two provincial elections.
"Short of trying to line up allies before the next election, there is no
rational explanation for renewing this contract. The Board does not
want it, the work is proven to be inefficient and more expensive than
necessary, and former employees of the Council are under police
investigation. With the Province's finances in desperate shape and
school boards lacking funding for classrooms, how can the Ontario
Government side with its union friends over students?" added Oakey.
Merit Canada favours an open tendering approach for all projects that
spend public funds. A PwC report that reviewed all of the TDSB's
operations also recommended that some work be contracted out. A Toronto Star investigation documented cases of gross inefficiency by the Maintenance
and Construction Skilled Trades Council, including $3,000 to install an
electrical outlet and $143 to attach a pencil sharpener to a wall.
"Renewing the contract with the Council and imposing it on the TDSB is
an insult to hard-working taxpayers across the Province. The Ontario
Government should not be rewarding an inefficient and underperforming
organization that is costing taxpayers millions more than warranted.
Real working families will be outraged," stated Oakey.
Merit Canada is the national voice of Canada's eight provincial Open
Shop construction associations. Open Shop companies and workers build
more than 70% of the industrial, commercial/institutional, and
residential construction projects coast-to-coast-to-coast. As of June
2011, the Canadian construction sector employed 1.26 million Canadians
with 900,000 working in the "open shop" sector.
SOURCE: Merit Canada
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