Govern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to hir­ing of Labrado­ri­ans first

The Labradorian - - EDITORIAL -

I write in re­sponse to an ar­ti­cle in the July 15 edi­tion of The Labrado­rian re­gard­ing hir­ing at the Muskrat Falls con­struc­tion site.

First of all, let me state that the ap­proach of our govern­ment to the hir­ing pol­icy on this pro­ject reaf­firms our govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to the hir­ing of abo­rig­i­nal per­sons and res­i­dents of Labrador. The “Tshash-Pe­ta­pan” (New Dawn) Agree­ment stip­u­lates that pri­or­ity hir­ing be given to qual­i­fied Innu first, then Labrador res­i­dents, fol­lowed by res­i­dents from the is­land por­tion of the prov­ince. Since the spring we’ve seen a con­sis­tent in­crease in the num­ber of Innu and Labrador res­i­dents hired and we are con­fi­dent this trend will con­tinue.

The provin­cial govern­ment and Nal­cor re­main com­mit­ted to the pref­er­en­tial hir­ing of qual­i­fied Labrador res­i­dents on the pro­ject. My of­fice works daily as­sist­ing con­stituents who have ques­tions or con­cerns about get­ting a job on the pro­ject, and it is clear that each in­di­vid­ual case deserves in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion, which they get from my­self and my of­fice staff. We are in con­stant com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the on-site con­trac­tors, Nal­cor and unions to be cer­tain that those who have ques­tions find ap­pro­pri­ate an­swers and to en­sure the hir­ing pol­icy giv­ing Labrador res­i­dents pri­or­ity treat­ment con­tin­ues to be fol­lowed.

Any­one who has con­cerns about their par­tic­u­lar ap­pli­ca­tion or sit­u­a­tion should con­tact my of­fice, where we will work with all in­volved to en­sure the process is prop­erly fol­lowed. It is, in our ex­pe­ri­ence, more ef­fec­tive for those in­volved to work to­ward res­o­lu­tion of in­di­vid­ual sit­u­a­tions, rather than mak­ing broad and gen­eral state­ments about the process.

I am here to help my con­stituents in what­ever way I can. Any­one need­ing as­sis­tance should feel free to con­tact my of­fice at 709-896-7975 or e-mail me at kei­thrus­

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