To ensure Canadians are well informed, we want to provide more detail and perspective regarding media coverage of our hiring of an international contractor for installation of interior furnishings, such as the galley, living quarters, and washrooms, on the Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) being constructed at the Halifax Shipyard.
Commitment to Hiring Canadians: Irving Shipbuilding currently employs 1,500 shipbuilders including 880 tradespeople. We continue to actively recruit Canadians first – this is a central pillar to our recruitment strategy. More than 96% of our workforce is Canadian. From time to time we will need to hire individuals for skilled positions with international experience in shipbuilding to augment our team. Those hired from abroad will work alongside their Canadian colleagues to transfer expertise, and most will eventually become Canadian citizens and help to create a sustainable shipbuilding industry in Canada.
Contract with Gabadi, LC: Irving Shipbuilding has over $1.2 billion in spending commitments with more than 250 organizations across Canada. In some cases, we must look outside of Canada for experience and expertise to minimize risk and provide best value to Canada as we manage our shipbuilding program. This is the case with our contract with Gabadi, LC, a Spanish company that manufactures and installs interior furnishings for shipyards around the world. Here are the details:
Agreement with Unifor Local 1: The use of Gabadi on the AOPS Program creates efficiency, reduces risk, and provides best value to Canada. In October 2016, we reached mutual agreement with our labor union, Unifor Local 1, that supports the success of the AOPS Program and makes sure that our 33 shipyard joiners, the trade that includes installing marine interior furnishings, are treated fairly. The following was mutually agreed:
At Irving Shipbuilding, we have a proud history as Canada’s shipbuilder and our team is committed to providing best value to Canadians and delivering high-quality ships to the men and women of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Director of Communications
Irving Shipbuilding Inc.