Normally when we hear about the Northern Gateway pipeline one aspect of the project that comes up is it will create jobs. So it might surprise you to know the country’s largest private sector union is joining the growing list of groups going to court to stop the pipeline.
“The Northern Gateway pipeline brings sky-high risks to Canadians but only foreign oil companies will benefit,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s (Union for Canada) National President. “We will not stand by while Stephen Harper runs roughshod over Canadian jobs, First Nations’ rights, and environmental concerns.”
While Enbridge says its pipeline will “create thousands of construction jobs and over 560 long-term jobs for British Columbians”. Unifor disputes at least the permanent jobs provided estimating it to be just 228.
“Canadian natural resources should create long-term Canadian jobs and meet Canadians’ energy needs,” said Dias. “Unifor stands united with the groups demanding that the federal government stop reckless pipeline projects and invest in greener jobs that can support families.”
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.