Lack of Action Leaves Thousands of Skilled Trade Workers Unemployed

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Lack of Action Leaves Thousands of Skilled Trade Workers Unemployed

 September 14, 2020 – It has been six months since Covid-19 has been declared, putting thousands of construction workers from across the province out of work, and there is still no leadership from either the Federal or Provincial Governments to get people back to work.  Trades NL is calling on our political leaders to stop telling everyone that they are working on a solution, and step up with some meaningful actions that will get those constituents that they represent working, providing for their families and contributing to the local economy.

“After the recent announcement by Husky Energy to review the future of the West White Rose project, affecting the lives of over 2,000 trade workers, it is time for our political leaders to tell the people of the province and those affected if they will support the offshore oil and gas industry with incentives to keep jobs within the province or not. The immediate economic lifeline of our province is on the brink and the time to wait for solutions has elapsed.”

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL

Today, there are over 15,000 skilled trade workers from communities all across Newfoundland and Labrador unemployed, while there are projects such as the West White Rose extension, Terra Nova FPSO and Bay du Nord which could employ many of these workers.

“Within weeks from the start of the pandemic, the Federal Government delivered a $1 billion stimulus package for the Alberta energy sector, and the Alberta Provincial Government announced a suite of economic relief initiatives to protect and create jobs. Here in Newfoundland and Labrador, after 6 months of waiting, our skilled trade workers and thousands of affected people within the offshore oil and gas industry are still waiting to get back to work. Where are our political leaders when we need them the most?”

  • Darin King, Executive Director, Trades NL

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic six months ago, Trades NL has written, met and lobbied with industry partners, Minister Seamus O’Regan, former Premier Dwight Ball and current Premier Andrew Furey, encouraging them to deliver incentives to the oil and gas industry and stimulus projects to get Newfoundlanders and Labradorians back to work. Unfortunately, neither level of government has yet to deliver for the people of our province.

Trades NL is an umbrella labour organization which promotes and coordinates the interests of 16 building and construction trades unions. Building Trade members are highly qualified, very productive and extremely safe.

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