Shelburne Ship Repair and Unifor Local 9 Ratify A New Collective Agreement

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As you may be aware, Irving Shipbuilding’s Shelburne Ship Repair recently reached a new long-term contract with its local union, Unifor Local 9, after a short round of bargaining.

This allows us to continue to bid on ship repair work that will keep good jobs in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

The seven-year deal, which includes wage increases of more than 15%, provides long-term labour stability for the Company and the Union and is a reflection of the local working relationship that has been built in Shelburne. 

At Irving Shipbuilding, we believe a long-term labour contract is in the interests of everyone as it provides certainty and stability in labour relations.

Shortly after the collective agreement was signed, Shelburne Ship Repair bid on and won a contract for repair work on an SNC-Lavalin ship. This contract is providing full time employment to more than fifty Local 9 employees currently, an increase of full time work for more than thirty additional Local 9 employees since April 2017. This work should continue until the end of 2017.  

Building on the success of this bid, we are hopeful that Shelburne Ship Repair will win more ship repair contracts so we can continue the great work our Local 9 employees are doing.

Congratulations to our employees of Local 9 on a new collective agreement and we look forward to continuing our success as ship repair specialists in Shelburne, Nova Scotia.