Kiewit looking to hire 80 for Marystown
Higher pay for locals being promoted as Hebron work peaks
Kiewit Offshore Services is employing about 350 tradespeople in Marystown. Adding technicians, management and support personnel brings the count to about 480 people.
According to Kiewit spokesman Tom Janssen, the company is now looking at another 80 hires in short order, as work on the drilling support module for the $14-billion Hebron offshore oil platform begins to peak.
In attracting the workers needed, Kiewit and Unifor Local 20 can highlight a new memorandum of understanding (MOU), with changes in effect Jan. 16, providing higher rates of pay for workers living within a 120-kilometre radius of the worksite.
Mr. Janssen confirmed in emailed responses to questions the agreement includes a shift premium and an overtime premium.
Exact dollar figures were not stated by the company or the union, but TC Media (The Southern Gazette) has reported, citing Unifor Local 20 president Wayne Brake, employees living in the area are now receiving around an extra $10 an hour atop regular pay and an incentive on time worked beyond eight hours on a weekend shift.
The negotiation of the MOU, in addition to the core contract, followed an end date on a similar, previous agreement.
The boost for locals reflects a need for the company to address any local discontent, as they add more workers from outside the Burin Peninsula to meet the labour needs of the project.
Mr. Janssen did not state any existing differences in pay.
“The MOU allowed us to hire workers from outside the Marystown area, which has become necessary because of the volume of work in the province and its effect on the supply of available labour. These workers and local workers have different scheduling preferences. The renegotiation of benefits