OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Transport Canada's admission to the civil
aviation inspector shortage is no surprise. Testifying before the
House of Commons public accounts committee, Transport Canada
acknowledged that it was not in compliance with the recommendations set
out in the Auditor General's Spring 2012 report.
"Our inspectors tell us that they do not have the time and resources
necessary to do the job that needs to be done in aviation safety
today. They say that the regulatory oversight role is often
compromised in favour of checking off company safety management system
plans," said Christine Collins, National President of the Union of
Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE). "Add to this the
difficulties to have training approved, a salary that is up to $25,000
less than those they have to supervise and the impact of the recent
budget cuts and it is no wonder that morale is low in the workplace."
Of interest to note is Transport Canada's unwillingness to provide
information in answer to direct questions on the number of companies
deemed "high risk" and its failure to provide the specific number of
inspectors and engineers since 2008.
"The department has had 4 years to improve its situation and has failed
to do so," said Collins. "What will it take for them to do the right
The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees, a component of the
Public Service Alliance of Canada, represents the majority of civil
aviations inspectors at Transport Canada.
SOURCE: Union of Canadian Transportation Employees
For further information:
Communications & Special Projects Officer, UCTE