Shipbuilding Union Lauds New Coast Guard Vessel Purchase



    HALIFAX, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - The CAW is applauding the announcement by
federal ministers today that the Canadian Coast Guard's nine new patrol
vessels will be built at the Halifax shipyard.
    "This is the first step in trying to strengthen the approach government
takes to procurement contracts," said Karl Risser, president of CAW/Marine
Workers Federation 1. "The announcement is great news for workers in the
area."
    Currently there are 500 skilled trades workers employed at the Halifax
shipyard, and the new contract could add another 150 - 200 jobs over four
years, said Risser.
    "This is incredible news for our members at the Halifax shipyard, their
families and the entire community - the first of what we hope will be a number
of good news announcements for this industry," said CAW President Ken Lewenza.
    "Canadian shipyards have great potential and it's encouraging that the
Canadian government is finally turning its attention towards this industry."
    The CAW has been working with industry in lobbying all levels of
government to ensure that any ships purchased by government are built in
Canadian shipyards, as part of the union's 'Made in Canada Matters' campaign.
    "This announcement is in no part due to the pressure groups like the CAW
and other industry players have exerted on the government to make shipyard
development the priority it should be," said Les Holloway, CAW Atlantic Area
Director.





For further information:

For further information: CAW Atlantic Area Director Les Holloway, (cell)
(902) 497-2909; or CAW Communications, Shannon Devine, (cell) (416) 302-1699

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