Bargaining began on November 1st with MWF Local 1 members, who proudly build Canadian navy ships at Irving’s Halifax Shipyard.
Irving won the multi-billion dollar federal contract to build Atlantic Offshore Patrol Vessels in 2011.
Unifor represents 800 members at the Halifax Shipyard working in several trades from metal fabricators to electricians; all of who are involved in all aspects of shipbuilding.
The union’s bargaining team is committed to improving the workplace and hopes to reach a fair collective agreement as the current contract expires at the end of the year on December 31, 2017.
Watch this page for regular updates from your bargaining committee.
Workers at Irving shipyard vote 99 % to strike
The bargaining committee would like to thank the more than 700 members who turned out for an update on talks with Irving Shipbuilding.
As members are aware, the committee was disappointed the employer requested conciliation after less than four days at the table last month. The employer then issued misleading and concerning statements in media interviews, news releases and in a letter to employees.
Today the bargaining committee walked members through the 33 pages of concessionary proposals from the employer.
After a healthy discussion, a strike vote was held, which resulted in a decisively strong mandate for the committee at more than 99 per cent.
Please be advised that the committee will continue to respect the bargaining process and upcoming conciliation, and will not be speaking publicly or bargaining in the media.
The bargaining team remains optimistic that the conciliator with be able to convince the employer that a confrontational and concessionary approach is not the best way to reach a tentative agreement.
To read the Nov. 30 2017 update from the Marine Local 1 bargaining committee please click here.