Halifax Shipyard

Halifax Shipyard workers stage walkout over pensions

Unifor says company addressed pension concerns after walkout Thursday

Unifor represents 800 workers at the Halifax Shipyard.   Jill Morgan

Irving Shipyard employees in Halifax staged a walkout on Thursday as a protest over what they say is a change to their pension contributions.

According to an online statement by Unifor MWF Local 1 pay stubs indicate the company has stopped paying pension contributions on overtime.

“This is another disappointing tactic by the company to upset our members and cause a possible workplace dispute,” the statement reads.

The walkout happened around lunch time, a worker at the shipyard told The Signal.

The union released an updated statement on its website by about 2:30 p.m., saying the company had reinstated pension contributions.

“The employer has also agreed that no discipline will occur as a result of today’s protest,” the statement reads.

Unifor represents 800 members at the Halifax Shipyard, according to the union’s website.

Irving has not been able to be reached for comment.