5 Wing future unclear without long-term plans: union rep
The federal government is making short-term plans for 5 Wing Goose Bay, but it's still uncertain what the plan is for the long-term.
The Department of Public Works and Government Services recently issued a tender for a two year contract from 2016 to 2018 to provide services at the base.
Bernie Bolger, president of the National Defence Employees Union, Local 90215, which represents most of the Serco employees on the base, said the federal government's search for further short-term plans means more uncertainty for workers.
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"I don't know what the method to their madness is, too say that they're not ready and they got no plan," said Bolger.
"Every time we speak to them from a union point of view it's, 'Oh, yeah, we're gonna have a plan, we're gonna have a plan,' but there don't seem to be any plan."
Serco, which holds the contract for providing services ranging from firefighting to snowclearing, had its contract extended until 2016.
The new contract would last until 2018, with an option to extend for another two years.
Bolger said this could mean the future of 5 Wing would be undecided until 2020, leaving employees with an uncertain future.
About 300 Serco employees are currently employed at the military base