WHERE ARE THE JOBS FOR NEWFOUNDLANDERS AND LABRADORIANS – AS THE BAY DU NORD PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

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WHERE ARE THE JOBS FOR NEWFOUNDLANDERS AND LABRADORIANS

– AS THE BAY DU NORD PROJECT MOVES FORWARD

May 7, 2019 – Trades NL is repeating the call for political parties and candidates to place a stronger focus on creating jobs, and seek a clear commitment from Government on the number of construction jobs that will be created in Newfoundland and Labrador from the Bay du Nord oil development project.

“We have demonstrated over and over that we have the capacity to complete world-class projects in our province, and are continuing our track record with our work on the Husky West White Rose project.  Our members are supportive of the Bay du Nord development, opening up the Flemish Pass Basin, but there has to be a fair return for our construction workers from our resource development projects. For the first time ever, a deal has been signed between the Provincial Government and Equinor with no real commitment to creating the highest number of construction jobs, and the related spin offs in our Province,” said

  • John Leonard, President, Trades NL

Trades NL is responding to a recent article published by Upstream International Oil and Gas Magazine on April 26, 2019, which indicates that Equinor is in discussions with a number of contractors to complete work for the Bay du Nord project outside the province.

“The people of our province have worked hard over the years developing a world-class qualified, productive and safe workforce.  These skilled trade workers have been waiting for and are ready to build projects for the Bay du Nord development.  As set out in the Atlantic Accord, Newfoundland and Labrador must be the principal beneficiary of any resource development project, which would include the highest number of construction jobs.  We see no evidence of this with the current Bay du Nord development,” said

  • John Leonard, President, Trades NL

According to sources, Equinor is in discussions with a number of out of province companies to fabricate the hull and topsides for the FPSO.  Under the current agreement, there is no commitment to the number of in-province construction jobs, only committing to fabrication of 5,000 metric tonnes. No one within government has been able to clarify what 5,000 metric means, whether there are any construction jobs being created in the province and, if so, how many?

“We have the skilled workforce to complete much more topside work in this province, as well as the hookup and commissioning.  We are calling on our political leaders and candidates to commit to securing more work from this resource development project. Anything less is a missed opportunity for our hard-working trades women and men, local contractors, suppliers and service providers in our province,” said

  • Robert Fiander, Vice President, Trades NL

Trades NL recently wrote all four political party leaders seeking their response on a variety of issues important to skilled trade workers in Newfoundland and Labrador, including maximizing the number of construction jobs for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians on any resource development project.  Responses will be shared publicly later this week.  Trades NL is encouraging voters to make jobs a priority in this election by asking candidates where they stand on the Bay du Nord project and future resource developments.

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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.

 

Media Contact:

Corey Parsons

Manager of Communications & External Affairs

709-832-5116

cparsons@tradesnl.com

 

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