PCA Welcomes Move To End Manitoba’s Construction Labour Monopolies

(Winnipeg Nov. 3, 2017) – The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) is praising the Manitoba government’s plans to put workers and taxpayers first by ending or eliminating the costly practice of Project Labour Agreements.

“We’re delighted that hard working Manitobans are finally getting the fairness they deserve,” said Paul de Jong, President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada. “Restoring workers’ rights and allowing a tendering process that’s fair, open and competitive in Manitoba, is a welcome change that’s long overdue.”

The benefits of fair and open construction competition are well-founded. A compelling and growing body of research shows that opening up competition on publically funded construction projects saves taxpayers up to 30 percent. That could translate into millions of dollars in tax savings for Manitobans.

“This is not just welcome news for construction workers and companies unfairly excluded in the past by outdated and restrictive PLAs.  It’s welcome news for the taxpayers of Manitoba as well,” said de Jong.

“We look forward to fully participating in the consultation process and seeing Manitobans share in the benefits – jobwise and costwise – of fair and open competition,” added de Jong.

About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)

PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction workers across Canada, represented primarily by CLAC. PCA member companies are leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada.

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