Unemployed tradesmen want jobs cleaning up Sydney tar ponds
Hold protest to make a point
By Nancy King
Cape Breton Post
Thur., May 24, 2007
SYDNEY - Unemployed tradespeople
picketed off the Sydney Ports
Access Road, Wednesday calling for
work associated with the cleanup of
the tar ponds to go to union members.
A couple dozen tradespeople
stood outside the gates as heavy
trucks and other vehicles rumbled by
on the SPAR.
"There’s a lot of guys here, they
don’t want to go out west but they’re
not going to have any choice," said
Wally Jardine, spokesperson for the
operating engineers who want
drilling work to be done by unionized
workers. "We’re here today just to
d e m o n -
up with it.
the way it
J a rd i n e
to 65-70 jobs
could be at stake in the first phase of
the project. He added the workers are
prepared to continue to picket as
long as necessary.
John Chesal, spokesperson for the
Sydney Tar Ponds Agency, noted the
driller doing the work at the site wasn’t
hired by the agency but is under a
subcontract by the project’s design
engineers, Earth Tech.
"As an agency, we don’t direct our
design engineers as to who they
should or shouldn’t hire," he said.
"There will be lots of work on this
project over the next seven years and
a lot of it’s going to be done by union
workers, some of it may not be,"
Chesal said. "That’s an issue that the
operating engineers are going to have
to work out with our design engineer."