CEP to Appeal Hibernia Decision

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada will appeal and Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court decision of last week which overturned a Labor Board order of reinstatement for 25 offshore Hibernia oil platform workers.

The 25 were laid off during an organizing drive in 2000 and their Union won a major victory on their behalf before the Labor Board last year. Hibernia management appealed the Board decision.

"We are disappointed by the Court's view that our members should not be reinstated in their jobs," said CEP Atlantic Region vice president Max Michaud. "We intend to continue to stand by our members and so we will appeal that judgment."

Meanwhile, CEP continues to seek a first collective agreement for offshore oil workers at Hibernia as well as at the Terra Nova offshore site.

CEP is Canada's largest union of energy workers with some 40,000 of its 150,000 membership employed in the sector.