BC Building Trades Blasts BC Hydro & the provincial government after November Site C Employment Statistics Released
BC Hydro recently released employment statistics for the Site C project for November 2016. The report reveals 18% of workers, which equals 246, on the project were from outside BC.
“This is simply unacceptable,” said Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director for the BC Building Trades. “There are thousands of skilled and qualified British Columbians available and ready to work on this project. Instead, BC Hydro has allowed contractors to bring in hundreds of out of province workers each month to work on the project.”
Building Trades members have negotiated agreements with BC Hydro to build every dam in BC for the past 60 years. The Allied Hydro agreement was put in place in 1963 by the late Premier W.A.C. Bennett. BC Hydro recently broke with that historic labour supply model for the Site C project. Consequently, thousands of unionized construction workers have not secured employment on the project.
“We are proud of our historic role as dam builders in this province. We have a model that puts British Columbians to work,” said Sigurdson. “Employment Statistics from recent projects we’ve worked on demonstrate the vast majority of workers are sourced from local communities and only 1-5% come from out of province.”
In contrast, BC Hydro is only employing 47% of workers from the Peace River region and only 82% from BC. “There is no excuse for leaving certified British Columbians on the side lines on this project,” said Sigurdson. “Month after month, BC Hydro proudly releases employment statistics that they should be ashamed of.”
Contact the BC Building Trades office