VANCOUVER, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - CAW President Ken Lewenza is reacting with frustration at the decision by B.C. government transit agency TransLink's decision to purchase a $25 million SeaBus replacement from Holland, instead of from British Columbia.
"As a government agency, tasked with using public funds for procurement, TransLink should be mandated to purchase domestic ships built in B.C.," said CAW President Ken Lewenza.
The move by TransLink has angered labour groups across the province, who are now lambasting the provincial government for the lack of support for local industries.
"There is no reason that this ship could not have been built here in B.C. - allowing TransLink to make this thoughtless decision is a reflection of poor leadership from the provincial government," said Lewenza. "While the B.C. government is touting its BC Jobs Plan, it's also sending public funds offshore - money that could have been used to support job creation here in the province."
The new SeaBus will replace the existing MV Otter and will be in service by 2014, connecting the city of Vancouver and the region's North Shore communities.
Premier Christy Clark also served as Deputy Premier when the province awarded the Super C ferries contract to a German company.
CAW Local 2200 represents approximately 80 SeaBus workers.
The CAW has been pushing for a 'Made in Canada' strategy for government procurement, particularly around purchases for public transit.
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
please contact CAW Communications Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699 or CAW Local 2200 President Joe Elworthy (cell) 604-328-8724