Trades NL Statement Regarding Come By Chance Oil Refinery



 October 7, 2020 – Trades NL is expressing deep concern with the continued news that the sale of the North Atlantic Oil Refinery to Irving Oil has fallen through, affecting nearly 500 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs.

Among those affected, are many of Trades NL skilled trade workers which would have worked at the refinery since it’s construction in 1973.  For many year’s our members have been carrying out regular maintenance and refit work at the facility.

This is devastating news for our members, the direct workers, their families, local businesses and surrounding communities in the region.  Our thoughts are with those affected and offer our support to any future proponent and government to get the refinery back into operation.

This is the latest terrible news of destruction within the oil industry over the past 6 months, leaving thousands of skilled trade workers unemployed, uncertainty in families future and communities struggling for survival. The list of projects to get people to work continue to grow with the NARL Refinery left idle, Husky’s West White Rose project suspended, Terra Nova FPSO floating idle in Conception Bay, Bay du Nord deferred, no details on the Atlantic Loop, and no plans for an infrastructure strategy to get people working to stimulate the Newfoundland and Labrador economy.

Now, more than ever, we need leadership from our politicians and industry stakeholders to support the oil and construction industry which will get these projects back on track and people back to work.

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.  For 70 years, our craft continues to construct, fabricate & maintain some of the world’s most complex facilities.

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