two-year contract extension negotiated
According to Bernie Bolger, the local President for the Union of National Defense Employees, 25 workers at 5 Wing Goose Bay got laid off today.
The lay offs come just days after a new negotiated agreement ,which gave Serco a two year extended contract.
Bolger said he is withholding further comment until tomorrow. Meanwhile, Labrador Mp Yvonne Jones’ office issued a press release late this afternoon, criticizing the layoffs.
“I am disappointed to hear reports of pink slips being handed out this week in Goose Bay by Serco, just after they received an extended contract for services at the Air Base,” says Jones in the press release.
“As the provider of almost all non-military services on the base, Serco is a major employer in Labrador and it is imperative that the Department of National Defence provide proper contracts for services. The Harper government has been looking to make cuts everywhere and is disregarding the needs of the military based in Goose Bay, the requirements to operate the facility at a high level, and the relationship that the base has built with the local citizens over the last many decades.”
Jones says that she was also hoping that the new contract extension would have been longer than just two years.
“While I am pleased to see Serco awarded a 2-year contract extension of the services it provides at 5-Wing, I along with the employees and people of Happy Valley-Goose Bay were hoping to see a longer extension, especially given the history of longer contracts in the 5-plus years range. Long-term planning and stability is very important as these changes affect people’s livelihoods and families. I call on the government to make the commitment to long-term extensions just like the people are making long-term commitments to perform high-quality work on the base.”
More to come on this story.