Adding Third Strategic Partner under National Shipbuilding Strategy

December 19, 2019 – Today, the Government of Canada announced Chantier Davie has prequalified to become the third strategic partner under the Strategy. The NSS’s third yard will build six program icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. This shipyard has demonstrated it meets initial requirements related to experience, capability and capacity, as defined in the Invitation to Qualify issued on August 2, 2019. Chantier Davie will now move to the next stage in the selection process, the Request for Proposal and evaluation stage. This will include a third-party assessment of…

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Irving Tries to Repair Their Tarnished Media Profile

June 4, 2019 – Irving Shipbuilding is committed to maximizing Canadian content and benefit through our construction of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS). Our AOPS contract requires us to achieve at least 50% of Canadian Content Value (CCV) in direct work, recognizing that in some instances, we must procure material for the ships internationally. Today, approximately 70% of the work on AOPS is direct Canadian content. This is work that a Canadian supplier does with us directly related to the AOPS program. Any work performed…

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“Challenging” bargaining ahead at Irving Shipyard

Bargaining is set to begin in November with 800 Unifor MWF Local 1 members, who proudly build Canadian navy and coast guard vessels as part of a multi-billion dollar federal contract awarded to Irving’s Halifax Shipyard in 2011. “Recent labor relations suggest we are facing a challenging round of bargaining to reach a new agreement with this employer,” said Lana Payne, Unifor’s Atlantic Regional Director. The bargaining team is committed to improving the workplace and is concerned about unusually high instances of discipline imposed on members, the lack of any…

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