Unifor makes pitch to TTC for new order from Bombardier
Unifor has warned the Toronto Transit Commission that further delays in purchasing additional streetcars from Bombardier’s Thunder Bay plant will jeopardize the facility’s future.
The union’s Ontario director, Naureen Rizvi, made a deputation Monday to the TTC board during the commission’s budget deliberations.
“If Mayor [John] Tory is serious that Toronto needs 60 more streetcars now, then the city’s plans must change now,” Rivzi said.
More than 500 Unifor members in Thunder Bay were recently laid off as existing orders near completion.
Rizvi said “Workers have already felt the effects of previous delays with job losses, but another delay risks making the temporary damage permanent.”
Although the TTC first identified the need for another 60 cars as far back as 2013, its current plan is to order the cars in 2022.
“There is no more time to waste…Ridership on streetcar routes has increased since the original streetcar order was made more than a decade ago. Toronto’s population is growing rapidly. We are currently the fastest-growing city in North America,” Rizvi said.
She cautioned the TTC board that the Thunder Bay plant is at risk of being closed before 2021.
“It is the one plant that is able to meet the requirements for TTC streetcars,” Rizvi said, and is the only plant that could meet a 2022 order date. – tbnewswatch
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So much for the competitive bidding process. What we now have is a private company operating under a socialist system. Did not work out all that great for the former Soviet Union. Bombardier is, for all intensive purposes, a government agency.
If you eliminate competition, you usually end up with crappy service, a crappy product and missed deadlines. The taxpayer always loses.
When making purchases of infrastructure on such a huge level, there needs to be competition. Competition affects price, design, quality…everything.
If government contracts are now simply going to be awarded to Bombardier without a competitive bidding process then Bombardier can dump a lot of its administration. Dump a lot of its executives. They are not needed. You don’t need a head office.
What is the future of Bombardier? Ontario’s market for passenger rail cars is not very large. How long can Ontario and Toronto keep the company in business?