Among the main benefits of the negotiated employment contract, the first projects to be completed under the new Community Performance Framework are the new Pattullo Bridge and the four laning projects on the Trans-Canada Highway between Kamloops and Alberta. The application for qualification (RFQ) for the pattullo bridge replacement project has been released. “This government has all the evidence it needs to come to its own right and conclude that its restrictive CBA is a costly mistake for all Colombians,” said Ryan Bruce, director of union relations at the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). It is also a controversial, even emotional, issue with the current provincial government supporting agreements and organized work on the one hand, the construction industry on the other, and little in common between the two. CBAS requires workers to pay for benefits; pensions, they can never be entitled to reception. CBAs contribute to the completion of public projects on time and on budget and provide benefits to the municipalities in which they are built. CBAs ensure that taxpayers` money is reinvested in local communities and that there is a lasting legacy of experience, skills, training and employability among the workers who built the project. The broader framework for community action will remain within the purview of the central government. The BCIB`s mandate is to allocate the workforce to the construction of selected public sector infrastructure projects, carried out in accordance with the terms of the Community Performance Agreement. “The salaries and benefits of a CBA are determined by collective agreements, which means that workers are paid fairly, solely on the basis of their experience in their profession,” Bourke said. “CBAs provide more security in the cost of the project. The low-cost, unprofitable construction model increases the cost of public infrastructure projects.
“British Colombians are right to expect B.C projects to benefit B.C workers, families and communities. Our new Community Benefits Agreement will achieve these benefits,” said Prime Minister John Horgan. As part of the government`s new Community Benefits Agreement, a new crown corporation, BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc., is providing a diverse and skilled workforce for some major public infrastructure projects.