Halifax Shipyard workers stage walkout over pensions
Unifor says company addressed pension concerns after walkout Thursday
January 25, 2018, 3:10 pm ASTLast Updated: January 25, 2018, 6:55 pm
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.