(Quebec) Chantier Davie Canada inc. failed to obtain a federal contract worth $ 8.7 million. Repairing the icebreaker Pierre Radisson was instead entrusted to Verreault Navigation, based in Matane.
The shipyard has confirmed the news Tuesday afternoon. “Last week, the Chantier Davie Canada inc. was informed that its bid for the CCGS Pierre Radisson proved 0.5% higher than the winning bid, “explained the direction in an email exchange with The Sun.
Limiting their comments, the leaders wanted to minimize the impact on workers after the failure to obtain the contract. “The impact on jobs is very limited due to the reassignment of employees to other ongoing programs,” they said.
Management does not intend to look back and continue its efforts to meet its dry docks, she insisted. “At present, the site focuses on the upcoming tenders for the Canadian Coast Guard, as well as the arrival of the Canadian Polar Icebreaker next year.”
The speech was somewhat different from the union side, which only is however not taken to the employer. “The employees and the employees of the shipyard Davie, in Levis, with disappointment welcome this news,” it said in a statement issued in the afternoon.
“This announcement leaves a bitter taste. We would have wished that employees of Davie could have some recognition, especially after the boom years of the Conservative regime that deprived them of a fair share of federal contracts, “it said in particular Ann Gingras, president of the Central Council Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches (CSN).
The latter appealed to the Canadian government. “It is high time that our own government to recognize the Lévis shipyard as the best site in North America as Lloyd’s List did,” she began.
Ironically, in the same press release issued by the CSN, the representative of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Nancy Legendre, welcomes the jobs maintained in its region. “We do not hide that this is very good news for us, our jobs and our families. An announcement like this is a way to recognize our expertise in Quebec and it’s changing the atmosphere that prevailed there not long ago. […] There are more than 100 jobs will be consolidated as well, “she said.
Recall that Chantier Davie Canada inc. has agreed with its employees on a labor contract on July 22. Without this agreement, it would have been impossible for the company to bid on Canadian contracts, including the icebreaker Pierre Radisson.