TORONTO, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers (USW) is asking
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for an investigation into the
circumstances under which a $1-billion contract for the eastward
extension of the 407 ETR (Express Toll Route) was granted in 2012 to a
partnership of SNC-Lavalin and Cintra Infraestructuras.
The request is prompted by reports of bribery and fraud allegations
against SNC-Lavalin officials on other projects, and a British union's
charges of blacklisting by a consortium of companies that
includes Ferrovial, Cintra's parent company.
"Given the growing scandals at SNC-Lavalin and the controversy with
Ferrovial in the U.K., it is imperative for your government to examine
how the contract was awarded for the ETR extension," USW National
Director Ken Neumann states in a letter to Premier Wynne.
The World Bank has banned SNC-Lavalin from bidding on projects for 10
years, and the Quebec government is considering a similar ban. The RCMP
is reportedly moving to freeze millions of dollars in bank accounts and
real estate holdings of a former company executive as part of another
Ferrovial is one of three corporations in the BFK consortium that has
secured contracts for the Crossrail project, the largest construction
project in Europe. Unite, the U.K.'s largest trade union, alleges BFK
is blacklisting unionized construction workers.
The USW and Unite joined forces in 2008 to create Workers Uniting, the
first transatlantic union combining over 2.3 million members in Canada,
the U.S., U.K. and Ireland.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada, 416-544-5951;
Joe Drexler, USW Strategic Campaigns, 416-544-6009, 416-434-7907, firstname.lastname@example.org
Denis St. Pierre, USW Communications, 416-544-5990, 647-522-1630, email@example.com