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Ships Stay Here rally to keep jobs in Halifax

October 15, 2018

HALIFAX – Hundreds of Unifor members and supporters will depart from the Irving Shipyard and march along Barrington Street to Grand Parade on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. to support the Ships Stay Here campaign.

“We’re getting the word out because this work is vital to maintaining our shipbuilding workforce here in Nova Scotia,” said Adam Hersey, Unifor-MWF Local 1 Business Agent. “The Irving Shipyard was one of two yards chosen through the National Shipbuilding Strategy to build the future Royal Canadian Navy and it’s important that commitments from the federal government are honoured.”

What:     March and rally for Ships Stay Here campaign

When:    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. AST

Where:   Begins at Irving Shipyard, march down Barrington Street, rally at Grand Parade

Who:       Speakers include Chad Johnston, Unifor National Representative; Adam Hersey,Unifor-MWF Local 1 Business Agent; David Baker-Mosher, Unifor-MWF Local 1 President;  Koren Beaman, Unifor MWF-Local 1 Recording Secretary and Women’s Advocate

Unifor members from the Halifax shipyard will be joined by other Irving Shipbuilding staff and management and Unifor members from other area locals. A resolution will be presented at the 2:00 p.m. meeting of the Halifax City Council seeking their support for the campaign.

At stake is the repair work on Halifax-class frigates, which the federal government has recently suggested they may shift away from its traditional home in Halifax.

For more information, or to arrange interviews in person, by phone, Facetime or Skype, please contact Unifor Atlantic Communications representative Shelley Amyotte:  shelley.amyotte@unifor.org  or 902-717-7491 (cell)