It would appear that workers in Nova Scotia are going to have to persevere and practice patience a couple more years as they wait for jobs to start building at the Irving owned shipyard in Halifax.
Since it was announced in 2011 that the Halifax Shipyards had been awarded the mammoth $25 billion federal ship-building contract, it appears, at least publically, there’s been a lot of talk, but not a lot of action.
Perhaps that’s because a lot of the groundwork for this project is behind the scenes. It sure seems counterintuitive though to hear news reports this week that people are being laid off at the shipyard to upgrade the site in preparation for the construction of the navy ships. Based on statements from Irving executives, hope for those laid off doesn’t seem to return until 2015 after the renovations are complete. How frustrating for the families who have to wait for work.
Nova Scotia has bid farewell to far too many of our young and skilled labourers who are lured by the call west. How many more will be lost before 2015? Will they return when the shipbuilding actually does start?
On the plus side, there will be jobs created as $300 million in work is done to renovate the site in preparation for the shipbuilding. Let’s hope that at least a majority of the workers for those upgrades are from this province.
Without a doubt the ship-building contract is going to be a benefit to the entire province from metal fabrication shops to restaurants. It will inject money that hasn’t been seen here in a very long time, if ever. One major benefit is that it’s going to create long-term jobs. But most importantly it will make it possible for Nova Scotians to live and work near their families in the place they call home. That’s something that’s desperately needed.