Unifor slams government for undermining NL oil and gas sector

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ST. JOHN'S, NL, June 11, 2021 /CNW/ - The Newfoundland and Labrador government's refusal to fulfil its commitment to the Terra Nova project will kill hundreds of good local jobs and undermine the province's entire oil and gas sector, says Unifor.

Unifor slams government for undermining NL oil and gas sector (CNW Group/Unifor)
Unifor slams government for undermining NL oil and gas sector (CNW Group/Unifor)

"The Furey government has betrayed Newfoundland and Labrador's energy workers," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "It must live up to its commitments and ensure Terra Nova continues to serve the province as it has for 19 years. It's not too late."

The Furey government's surprise announcement that it would not live up to its 15% stake in Terra Nova was a shock to workers and their families. There has been progress in discussions between the company and the federal and provincial governments for months, says Unifor. In September 2020 the federal government announced a $320-million fund to support maintenance of the Newfoundland and Labrador energy sector's assets, such as Terra Nova.

"There's so much at stake. Both government and the companies need to get back to the table and figure out an arrangement that works for Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans," said Linda MacNeil, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director.

Unifor says it will mobilize workers and energy sector supporters at Government House on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 9 a.m. NL time to show the government the project has overwhelming public support.

"The energy sector in Newfoundland and Labrador has provided good jobs and royalty payments for decades. Investments in this sector today will ensure future generations benefit from our offshore natural resources," said Dave Mercer, President of Unifor Local 2121 representing offshore workers at Terra Nova and Hibernia.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.



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