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  • Vonroy Martin
    August 15, 2013 - 08:46

    I am a CWB SMAW and applied for several jobs some when times l even get a reply it is you not qualified.

  • Michael
    July 27, 2013 - 20:26

    Look at it this way. If this was your business and it was way over budget and way outside of the original timeframe, what would you do? Simple answer, close the doors. A company weather its big or small cannot sustain an impact like this when they are in an era of cutting costs. Especially when the project (LHPP) is not making a dime. Is it unreasonable now a days to expect that when you pay millions of dollars for a product, that you would get the said product? When you pay your light bill on time, what do you expect? Again, same simple answer, power, to be there on time and when needed as agreed upon. If you were on time and your service was interrupted, how would you feel? The sad thing is, newfies have always been looked upon as hard workers that companies would hire in a instant. I think that is not the case anymore and projects lie this indicate as such. Regardless who is to blame. This is also a case where if you are a big corporation and this is the product you see from a project in Newfoundland, it must raise flags to stay clear of Newfoundland and its people as it looks as though they cannot deliver. That simple. Blame it on the workers, blame it on Flour, blame it on Kbac, blame it on vale, blame it on the unions, blame it on who you like, does not change the fact they we have a multi billion dollar project that is still over budget and out of its scheduled timeframe for completion. To me it makes everyone look bad and makes Newfoundland look like a place where a big corporation should not invest. That is the last thing I want to see. I want to see Newfoundland and the people of this amazing province prosper and live excellent well to do lives where they don't have to leave this province to find work.

    • None of your Business
      January 16, 2014 - 21:19

      This was a huge project, don't you think that factored in logistics and weather constraints were a problem?

  • what
    July 25, 2013 - 07:32

    huh....this article needs to be updated asap. July 2013 they are laying off a substantial amount of employee's without the required 30 days notice. Ask around "locally" fluor employees are being sent home.

  • rocky
    July 24, 2013 - 19:29

    To the untrained eye of the general public regarding the Long Harbour Processing Plant, the media and management make it seem that the unionized workers of this province are lazy. Now by no means is that the case. Yes there are lazy people there, but there are also alot of good trade skilled individuals who would like for this plant to be built to date,and work hard to do so. Yes the pay is good, yes the incentive is good. But it is not a raise. An incentive is something that motivates an individual to perform an action. The craft schedule is 14 days worked and 7 off. So for the 14 days, if you work everyday, every hour you will recieve 2 dollars for the 140 hours worked over the 14 days. Miss a day, and you lose it. Im not sure if the fact of a doctors note will cancel that notion or not. If you are layed off, you will recieve a cheque for 3 dollars and hour from date of layoff, back to july 15th for your hours worked within that time. If phase 1 is completed by october 31st you will get a pay of 5 dollars an hour for hours worked back dating to july 5th. Now, i''m not complaining about this, but i am making it cear to the general public and to other companies who look at this job as a joke. Is there a shortage of workers right now? No, and who ever thinks so is a poor business individal with either little experience or no common sense. If materials were avaiable on time, the job would have been done on time. The fact that most of this plant was pre-fabed in another country should have never been done. It should have been done in Newfoundland and small contracts throughout Canada. If work packs were issued at a good pace the job would be done on a good pace. Are there more pipefitters and welders needed? No, issue the work, provde the right materials, and the job will be done. Newfoundland can handle this work, yes travel cards are needed, but to go out of a country now to bring in worker is outragous. As long as the management doesnt change, the job will never change, supposing its unionized workers or non-unionized worker. Change the management, and the job will recieve a great facelift.

  • Elizabeth
    July 24, 2013 - 11:23

    Pretty confident in saying your reading between the lines is a failure. It's called compensation, not bribery. Vale desires a particular behaviour and they're rewarding those that give it to them. it's not a hard concept. Keeping large projects on schedule is important and they've obviously tried other ways and this is what it's resorted to. People don't care whether or not its done on time but Vale obviously does, so what better way to get people to work more effectively. It's got nothing to do with unions or grievances.

  • J
    July 24, 2013 - 08:22

    So, reading between the lines of this article this is what I read: Vale, in an effort to minimize wildcat strikes and union grievances and people turning a days work into a weeks work that will undoubtedly flair up as the end of the project approaches, are attempting to pre-empt these extortive action by bribing the workers to toe the line.