First pieces of equipment removed from Nova Forge and shipped to U.S.
TRENTON, NS, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - As valuable equipment is shipped to
the U.S. from yet another closed plant in Pictou Country, recently
terminated Steelworkers are calling for greater support for local jobs
United Steelworkers (USW) members were outside Nova Forge in Trenton
today to bring attention to the plant's dismantling and the first
shipment of equipment to the parent company in Texas.
"It's a sad day for workers and their families to see the plant
dismantled and the equipment taken out of our country," said Darcy
MacInnis, a third-generation Nova Forge worker and vice-president of
USW Local 3172.
"More families are now faced with the prospect of having to leave their
homes and community to find work," MacInnis said. "We have to reverse
this trend. We need our political leaders to do more to defend good
jobs and support industry in our region."
About 40 Nova Forge workers lost their jobs at the Trenton plant, which
was closed Feb. 8 by the American parent company. About 60 jobs were
lost last year when the Maritime Steel foundry in New Glasgow was shut
Workers and communities deserve greater commitment and co-operation from
the company and federal and provincial governments to revive the Nova
Forge plant and to provide greater support for industry as a whole,
said Marty Warren, United Steelworkers Director for Atlantic Canada and
"We are talking about skilled workers and valuable, productive
facilities that are economic assets for this region. They should not
simply be abandoned," Warren said.
"For example, we know that Nova Forge has one of the best forging
presses in North America. And we know there is work in the future,
including the federal government's national shipbuilding program. Our
governments must take charge and assume a leadership role to promote
economic development and defend middle-class jobs in this region."
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Marty Warren, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792
Mark Arsenault, USW Staff representative, 902-293-5116, 902-752-1344, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, email@example.com