BC Building Trades isn’t happy with the numbers that come out from an FOI they filed.
Executive Director Tom Sigurdson says the FOI was in relation to the number of workers from B.C. employed at the Hydro Site C Dam project during the month of November last year.
Figures returned revealed only 68% of the 482 workers on the project at that time were from here.
Sigurdson says comparing that to Mines Minister Bill Bennett’s previous claims 75% of the workers were from this province, that’s not right.
“I would think that, given the level of unemployment in British Columbia, that project should have 100 percent British Columbian employment.”
He’s hoping BC Hydro and the Minister will come to the table to make sure that those who live in this province have a chance to find employment with this project.
Numbers of local workers fluctuates
BC Hydro Chief Communications Officer Steve Vanagas expects the number of BC workers on-site to fluctuate from month to month.
Vanagas says they are currently at around 70%.
“It’s been as high as 80% over the last year, and in the last month its been in that 70% range.”
Vanagas says their contractors are focused on hiring B.C. workers first, with the remaining jobs going to Canadians.
“I can tell you that the contractors are focused on filling all possible jobs with locals first, and then the remaining jobs going to other Canadians”