Condolences from Canada's offshore oil workers union

    MONCTON, NB, April 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Reacting to yesterday's tragic news
of the helicopter crash off the coast of Scotland, Ervan Cronk, CEP's Atlantic
Region Vice-President said "there are few words that provide comfort to
grieving family, friends and co-workers at a time like this."
    "Our prayers and deepest sympathy are directed to them, as they endure
this dreadful sorrow, and our hearts go out to those who now mourn the loss of
these 18 workers."
    The Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP)
represents offshore oil workers in Canada's North Atlantic. "And we know, all
too well, the dangers our members face in just traveling to and from the job,"
added Cronk.
    "These most recent tragedies, in Atlantic Canada and off the coast of
Scotland, must prompt us all to become more demanding that our voices be heard
and that we have a role to play in ensuring that the safety of offshore oil
workers takes priority over all else. We must also insist on a strong union
role in the investigation of these horrible accidents."
    "In the meantime, on behalf of nearly 150,000 members of the CEP, I want
to send a message of sympathy and solidarity to the families, friends and
co-workers of the 18 workers who so tragically lost their lives in this latest

For further information:

For further information: Ervan Cronk, (506) 857-8647, (506) 434-3488

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