HALIFAX, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor fully expects members at Halifax Shipyard to build six Arctic patrol vessels (AOPS) as planned.
"We have been assured by the company that everything is full speed ahead. Design work on AOPS continues and a contract is expected to be signed in January for the six AOPS vessels and that the build work in the yard will begin in September 2015," said Unifor's Atlantic Regional Director Lana Payne.
"We also fully expect the federal government to live up to its shipbuilding commitments," she said.
The decades-long project to replace Canada's Naval Combat ships is projected by the Conference Board of Canada to create about 11,500 direct and indirect jobs in the region.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. With more than 305,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector.
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