Transport Canada cuts another 107 jobs
Thursday June 28th 2012 - Union of Canadian Transportation Employees
Union bosses have slammed Transport Canada and warned of possible adverse effects on safety following the news that another 107 of the organization’s employees are to lose their jobs.
According to the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE), those affected include communication specialists and various administrative functions, and, most notably, all regional health and safety advisors, who had only recently been brought in to help bring the department into compliance with federal health and safety legislation.
"For the last 10 years, the Union has been trying to get Transport Canada to be in compliance with the federal regulations on occupational health and safety,” said Christine Collins, national president of the UCTE. "Now they are eliminating the very people that are tasked with this critical work. These cuts show how little Transport Canada cares for the people who work for them or the health and safety of its employees."
The union says that civil aviation airworthiness inspectors were among those receiving notices. "We are deeply concerned for the safety of the travelling public,” said Collins. “Once again, inspectors in marine safety and security as well as civil aviation are being chipped away at a time when we know there are not enough inspectors to do the work."
According to the CBC, the cuts at Transport Canada were part of the latest round of wider public service job cuts, affecting more than 5,000 federal public servants. The CBC reports that Human Resources and Skills Development Canada was the hardest hit, with 2,055 employees given notices, while the Canada Revenue Agency also informed 1,212 they could be lose their jobs.
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