TRADES NL CONDEMNS WALL TO WALL LABOUR AGREEMENT AT BULL ARM & CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PUBLICLY DISCLOSE DETAILS OF LEASE WITH DF BARNES

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TRADES NL CONDEMNS WALL TO WALL LABOUR AGREEMENT AT BULL ARM

& CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PUBLICLY DISCLOSE DETAILS OF LEASE WITH DF BARNES

 

November 13, 2019 – Trades NL is calling on the provincial government for full disclosure on details of the lease it has signed with DF Barnes for the Bull Arm site.

“This site has had many projects completed on it over the years, using the 16 building trades unions, as required. Now, government has signed a lease with DF Barnes for the site, with no public consultation, no engagement with our membership, and no disclosure of the details. This site belongs to the people of the province, and we have a right to know the details surrounding this agreement.”

  • John Leonard, President, Trades NL

Trades NL is also condemning DF Barnes for using a “wall-to-wall” labour agreement with the Atlantic Canada Regional Council of Carpenters, Millwrights and Allied Workers (ACRC), Local 585, and cutting out the building trades unions from getting their work under a collective agreement with their own union.

“This is the second time in the past year that this company has used a “wall-to-wall” labour agreement with a project at Bull Arm, and it is nothing short of an attempt to break the building trades unions.  Without making the Local 585 agreement public, we understand that the wages and benefits are significantly reduced from collective agreements we have fought long and hard for, for many years.  Trades NL does not support this labour model, and will pursue whatever means necessary to ensure building trades unions continue to gain work opportunities at Bull Arm.”

  • Bob Fiander, Vice President, Trades NL

Recent peaceful protests at Bull Arm and other locations are symptomatic of the growing frustration and desperation skilled trades workers are feeling with the decreasing number of work opportunities in province, while they are seeing project after project from our resources being constructed out of the country or by alternate means.

“Our NL First: Our Resources Our Benefits campaign was launched for this very reason: to advocate for the highest number of construction jobs from all resource development projects.  We are now seeing a trend in this province of resource projects being developed, but constructed out of the country.  Now, with the move by government to allow DF Barnes to implement a labour agreement that excludes building trades unions, our membership is becoming increasingly desperate, and we support them in their efforts to bring attention to these important matters.”

  • Rick Gill, Executive, Trades NL

A meeting has been requested and confirmed with the Minister of Natural Resources and OilCo (Nalcor) for this Thursday to discuss this situation, in an effort to find a resolution that would include all building trades.  Furthermore, a meeting request have been made to DF Barnes and ACRC Local 585.

Trades NL: the Building and Construction Trades Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, is comprised of 16 member unions, and its history with Bull Arm dates back to the original development of the area for the Hibernia project. Since that time, building trade workers have worked on all offshore oil development projects as well as rig repair and maintenance. The Bull Arm Fabrication Facility has been a Building Trades site since its inception, and Trades NL maintains the position that our members have jurisdiction to work on the site today.

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Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions, representing more than 18,000 skilled trades workers in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our members are highly qualified, very productive and extremely safe.

 

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Corey Parsons

Manager of Communications & External Affairs

709-832-5116

cparsons@tradesnl.com