Sydney Steel Corporation Business Plan 2004-05 (continued)
Since the work on demolition and cleanup was initiated three years
ago, it has been Sysco’s practice to use local people wherever
and whenever possible. During that time, hundreds of workers have
been employed on various aspects of the site cleanup. To date, steelworkers
have worked approximately 400,000 hours burning and cutting scrap
steel, doing general site cleanup, and conducting environmental
remediation work and equipment and building demolition work. All
of the labour coordination has been contracted through SERL’s
effective manpower management services.
As demonstrated by past performance, Sysco’s preferred route
is to use the former steelworker labour pool for all labour needs.
However, there may be circumstances where outside contractors are
required for specialized services. In those circumstances, it will
not always be possible to use only labour pool employment due to
technical, contractual, training, or safety requirements for specialized
Recently, Sysco has clarified its commitment to local labour in
tenders for the sale of Sysco-owned scrap steel. Sysco has put its
long-standing commitment in writing. This includes the requirement
for any scrap purchaser to negotiate with Provincial Energy Ventures
Limited (PEV), the operator of the Sysco pier, to secure a safe
berth and any other dock services that they may require. It also
recognizes that any labour used in the loading of the scrap steel
must be Cape Breton–based labour, wherever possible.