Report contains inaccuracies, omissions, and mischaracterisations and
does not provide appropriate guidance to legislators
EDMONTON, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Progressive Contractors
Association of Canada (PCA), the voice of progressively unionized
construction employers, expressed its concerns over the recently
released "Sims Report" on labour relations and the process surrounding
the report's release.
"PCA has strong concerns with both the substance of the report and the
process by which it has been presented. We don't feel like all the
facts are on the table," said Paul de Jong, President of PCA. "Rather
than rushing to pass legislation, we urge the government to slow down
The report, released by the government yesterday, contains a
considerable number of inaccuracies, omissions, and
mischaracterisations. In particular, PCA believes that it presents a
flawed and one-sided account of the construction industry.
PCA today also called on the Government of Alberta to release the
Hope-Chomyn Report. This report is the precursor to the Sims report and
is referenced by Sims in his report but has never been made public.
"We ask that the Hope-Chomyn Report be released to stakeholders, MLAs,
and the public as we believe it may have reached different conclusions
than the current report. However, without seeing the report, we have no
way of knowing for sure," added de Jong.
"Any legislative changes that are being contemplated should be
reflective of the industry as a whole, and be put forward in an open
and transparent way that allows for full and fair opportunity for
consideration and response," concluded de Jong. "PCA is prepared to
discuss our concerns in greater detail, but only once all the facts are
on the table. In the meantime, we ask that the government not rush
legislation on this subject."
About the Progressive Contractors Association (PCA)
PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada's
construction industry. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000
skilled construction workers across Canada, represented primarily by
CLAC. Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and
natural resource construction projects in British Columbia and Alberta
and are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada.
PCA's goal is to ensure that Canada has a fair and open construction
industry, cooperative labour relations, and a robust, inclusive and
highly-capable workforce. PCA believes in open competition in which no
sector is given artificial and unfair advantage over another on the
basis of union affiliation or lack thereof. PCA looks forward to
continuing our positive working relationship with the Government of
Alberta to create a more responsive, open, and competitive system for
SOURCE: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
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