Victoria, BC – Speaking at the legislative assembly today, B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair outlined three key measures BC’s labour organization wants government to take in early 2012.
First and foremost, Sinclair called for immediate action to ensure that British Columbians benefit first from major public and private sector infrastructure and resource projects.
Sinclair is calling for a fix to BC’s broken apprenticeship system and the implementation of local hiring policies through project agreements.
“We’ve got young people left on the sidelines, unemployed or underemployed, because they can’t get the skills and training they need,” said Sinclair. “That’s no way to support rural communities, and it only stops if this government reinvests in training and apprenticeships and makes local hiring a priority.”