As the union representing thousands of workers in Canada’s aerospace industry, Unifor is hopeful the contract to replace Canada’s patrol aircraft will result in good paying aerospace jobs for Canadians, but is also disappointed with the decision of the federal government to proceed without a public request for tenders.
“Canada’s aerospace industry and its highly-skilled workforce have much to offer, and we will continue to advocate for a comprehensive industrial strategy that builds up this important sector in Quebec and Canada,” said National President Lana Payne.
For many months, Unifor advocated for a public request for tenders as the best way to maximize benefits of the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA) project by creating good jobs in Canada while respecting defence requirements.
“We’re concerned this choice could mean a lost opportunity to build Canadian champions in aerospace,” said Daniel Cloutier, Unifor’s Quebec Director. “Canada is the only global aerospace power to not provide major support to its national industry through military contracts.”
Without taking a position in favour of any single project presented, Unifor is calling on the federal government to reconsider its decision and to engage in a transparent and equitable call for tenders.
Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, representing more than 315,000 members in all of the major sectors of the economy, including 11,000 in aerospace and 6,000 in Quebec. The union advocates for all workers and their rights. It fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and works for progressive change for a better future.
For more information, please contact Unifor National Communications Representative David Molenhuis at @email or (416) 575-7453.