Government remains committed to hiring of Labradorians first
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 firstname.lastname@example.org