Kiewit look­ing to hire 80 for Marys­town

Higher pay for lo­cals be­ing pro­moted as He­bron work peaks

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY ASH­LEY FITZ­PATRICK TC ME­DIA

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.

ADDING BEN­E­FITS

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

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