Nova Scotia

Halifax Shipyard workers reach tentative contract

The union that represents workers at the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard says it has reached a tentative contract agreement with the owners.
The union that represents workers at the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard says it has reached a tentative contract agreement with the owners. (CBC)

The union that represents workers at the Irving-owned Halifax Shipyard says it has reached a tentative contract agreement with the owners.

Karl Risser, the president of Local 1 of the Canadian Auto Workers-Marine Workers' Federation, told CBC News union members are currently being told what's in the deal.

Union executives are recommending the deal be accepted.

"It was a very challenging set of bargaining for both us as a union and the employer," Risser said Wednesday.

"By the end of the month, we should know if the members are in favour of this agreement or not."

Negotiations between the union and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. started in December after a one-year extension on the existing contract expired. The tentative contract is on a three-year collective agreement.

Risser said the main hurdles were wages and benefits, both for the workers currently employed at the shipyard and for the tradespeople expected to start working in Halifax to build the country's next fleet of combat ships.

The Canadian Auto Workers-Marine Workers' Federation represents 1,000 workers at the Halifax Shipyard.

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