Halifax, Nova Scotia
March 23, 1999
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dated March 23, 1999
Jobs in Canada's ship building industry are been disappearing at an alarming rate. In the past decade over 7,000 jobs have been lost. That's more than half of the entire workforce.
The industry and the thousands of jobs associated with it, needs to be put on a level playing field with other nations, if it is to survive. The Marine Workers Federation/CAW has launched a national campaign in support of the ship building industry.
Exec. Dir. MWF/CAW
"We've come together with two other federations. The Fédération "de métallurgie" in Quebec representing ship yard workers in Quebec, and the federation in British Columbia, the West Coast Marine Workers Federation. We've come together and put a common document together, and from there we are now embarked on a campaign right across the country."
A billboard campaign in major Canadian seaports, along with radio ads and a mail-in post card effort are underway to mobilize public opinion.
Exec. Dir. MWF/CAW
"We want the federal government to pull the stakeholders together. We want the federal government to play a role in sitting down with ourselves, the unions, sitting down with the employers, and let's start to talk about what is it we can do for the industry and what would assist us in reviving the industry and seeing some growth in this industry, which is very possible if the right policies are put in place."
Holloway says the Canadian government should look at what the United States is doing to protect its industry.
Along with the postcard campaign, the CAW leadership will meet with federal Liberal and opposition MP's to get them to recognize the importance of the ship building industry in Canada's economy.
CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."