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Offshore workers call on producers and government to find solution for Terra Nova

Photo of Terra Nova vessel from a distance with Signal Hill in the foreground
June 14, 2021 - 12:00 AM

ST. JOHN’S—At a rally in front of the legislature, Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas supporters told the Furey government and the companies to get back to the table to find a solution to keep the Terra Nova Floating, Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel operational.

“Investment in Terra Nova’s future is an investment in the East Coast economy,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Walking away is not an option for Premier Andrew Furey.”

Workers from the Terra Nova platform represented by Unifor Local 2121 organized the last-minute rally on the day before the deadline on extending the offshore asset’s life. Several operators have already walked away from the project and the main remaining company, Suncor, has failed to reach a resolution with the provincial government about funding.

Speakers at the rally included municipal and federal politicians and industry representatives who pleaded with the parties to support offshore oil and gas. Unifor Local 2121 president Dave Mercer told supporters that if the Terra Nova cannot be saved, the other offshore projects are not far behind, and the entire offshore sector is at stake.

“We’re not done fighting for good oil and gas jobs,” said Mercer. “The whole province is watching. Premier Furey and Suncor CEO Mark Little must get the job done.”

Watch today’s rally on Unifor’s Facebook Page  or download a 4K version here.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

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