Nault to visit
Indian Affairs minister to meet with union
NNSL (Oct 01/99) - The president of Canadian Auto Workers local 2304 Marc Danis has several issues up his sleeve for when he gets to talk with Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Bob Nault this weekend.
First, he said he will bring up the issue of severance pay, pensions and diminished earnings and termination and closing down pay.
"That all comes through the issue of successorship," he said.
Second, Danis said he is after a transportation allowance.
"We could then access some of the jobs that are in the Sahtu and Fort Liard and some of the oil jobs that are around," he said.
Currently southerners are employed because there is no pool of trained Northern labour.
Danis said Giant workers would work together with aboriginals and the shuttles from communities to the job sites would help all.
Finally, Danis said he would bring up the surface clean-up of Giant Mine.
"The surface clean up should be started now," he said.
Nault, who arrives tomorrow afternoon, will be meeting with the union executive on Saturday afternoon also plans to meet with GNWT officials and business leaders.