MONTREAL, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Transportation Safety Board
sees things clearly! The report that was released today confirms what
we have been saying all along: that the MMA was taking safety risks,
and the federal agency failed in its duty to provide supervision and
monitoring. It is time to stop treating the workers as scapegoats. The
TSB's message is crystal clear: the MMA "cut corners" with respect to
safety, and Transport Canada did not carry out inspections "often
enough and thoroughly enough," and lacked the means to ensure that the
Safety Management System set out on paper was actually effective.
"With the deregulation of the railway sector, Ottawa asked the companies
to produce Safety Management Systems, a form of self-regulation. This
report tells us that these systems did not receive appropriate
monitoring. In short, the federal authority gave the wolf the keys to
the henhouse and turned its back," comments the Steelworkers' Regional Coordinator, Richard Boudreault.
The TSB clearly shows that a series of factors were at work, including
several involving negligence on the part of the company and the absence
of supervision and monitoring on the part of Transport Canada. "Based on this report, it is clear that the workers who were arrested
are being used as scapegoats to camouflage the incompetence of
Transport Canada when it comes to supervising a company like the MMA.
We will continue to support the workers so that justice may be done.
They tried to make the workers carry the blame, but today's report
clearly shows that the main parties responsible are the MMA and the
federal agency," adds the president of local 1976 which represents the employees of
MMA, Steven Hadden.
The United Steelworkers, affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs
et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), is the largest private-sector
union in Québec. It represents over 60,000 workers in a number of
sectors including mining, metallurgy, industrial manufacturing,
security, hotels, restaurants, trucking, taxi, etc.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
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