CAW Meets with Transport Canada Over Rail Safety

    OTTAWA, March 14 /CNW/ - Taking concerns of railway workers to the table,
CAW Rail Safety representatives met with the Transport Canada Rail Safety
Directorate on March 13 to raise ongoing rail safety issues.
    The CAW used the opportunity to voice concerns about derailments,
shipping dangerous commodities and negligent safety inspections. The CAW has
repeatedly warned Transport Canada that a lack of standardized rules, few
inspections and excessive railway safety exemptions could lead to dangerous
deficiencies in rail safety, evidenced by derailments in British Columbia,
Alberta and Quebec between 2005 and 2006.
    "There have been many rail accidents lately and Transport Canada is now
looking for answers," said CAW National Representative Brian McDonagh. "The
meeting was much more productive than usual." Transport Canada has agreed to
meet the CAW at least once a year over rail safety - the next will take place
in September.
    The meeting was held in conjunction with the International Transportation
Federation's 8th International 'Railway Worker's Day of Action.'
    CAW Secretary-Treasurer Jim O'Neil is the Canadian executive board member
for the ITF. On this day, the CAW joined labour unions in 60 countries across
the globe in advocating improved rail safety standards.

For further information:

For further information: Brian McDonagh, CAW National Representative,
(604) 218-0012

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