Canadian coast guard management will go ahead with plans to close the Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre in Comox on May 10 according to Unifor.
In a press release today, the union says that plans for the closure are going ahead despite protests of front line officers and ongoing audio quality issues at other MCTS centres.
It also questions why the coast guard is choosing to close the Comox centre while a House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans studying the move won’t wrap up its work until May.
“It is grossly improper for the coast guard to act without the Standing Committee’s recommendation,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor’s Western Director.
“The coast guard is acting without the input of Parliament and against the vigorous objection of front line communications officers who know the risks better than anyone else.”
The Conservative government announced the closure of communication centres in Ucluelet, Comox and Vancouver in 2012.
Centres in Victoria and Prince Rupert are to cover the BC coast with the new equipment in question.
The centres are responsible for distress calls and marine traffic.
The union has been urging the Liberal government to reverse the Conservatives decision.
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