Canadian Ships Start Here - Show Your Support!
July 14, 2011, 12:20 PM EST
CAW members in Nova Scotia are taking part in the Canadian Ships Start Here campaign, aiming to secure long-term work at the Halifax shipyard - one of the most storied industrial complexes in Canadian history.
The Halifax shipyard is in the running to become one of two major shipbuilding providers to the federal government under its National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).
CAW/Marine Workers Federation Local 1 President Karl Risser said this designation would be a huge boon to the shipyard, its workers and the entire province.
"This program would mean upwards of $30 billion pumped into our provincial economy over the next thirty years," Risser said. "That means thousands upon thousands of new shipbuilding and spin-off jobs, tremendous opportunities for young workers through apprenticeships, job security, more vibrant communities, and much more."
"We've long prided ourselves on building the best ships in the world, yet our industry has steadily slid into crisis without adequate government support. This program would go a long way in helping Halifax reclaim its rightful place as the world's premier location for quality shipbuilding - a distinction that's well deserved in our community."
The Canadian Ships Start Here campaign - a collaboration of unions, government and businesses in Nova Scotia - is calling on the public to show their support for the province's shipbuilding industry, in a variety of ways including setting up lawn signs and through social media.
Risser is encouraging all CAW members from coast to coast to show their support by visiting: http://www.canadianshipsstarthere.ca/
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