Labour leaders say they’re concerned BC workers could be shut out of BC Hydro’s $1.75 billion construction project on the Site C Dam in Northwest B.C.
“I don’t understand why BC Hydro and the provincial government are not ensuring that British Columbians have an opportunity to go to work. I don’t get it, it doesn’t make sence to anybody.”
That, from Lee Loftus, president of BC Building Trades Council.
What may seem like good news on the outside, has the Council concerned B.C. workers could get left out of vacant jobs, despite as many 1,500 open positions available at peak construction.
Loftus says he’s shocked B.C. labourers won’t be guaranteed work on the biggest project in a generation.
“There’s contractors, there’s trades people, there’s apprentices, there’s aboriginal groups. It would appear to me that BC Hydro didn’t get the memo, that they’re supposed to be hiring local people and local contractors to do this.”
Loftus says he worries instead that the jobs will go to temporary foreign workers.
BC Hydro has said they can’t guarantee the jobs will go to B.C. workers due to agreements with other provinces, but will be conducting regional job fairs.