Longshoreman union chief appointed as adviser

Mark Gordienko, president of the ILWU  (International Longshore and Warehouse Union) Canada, has joined the Resource Works Advisory Council


The Resource Works Society was launched in April 2014 to conduct research into the responsible resource economy of British Columbia and what it means for residents of the province. It is governed by an independent professional board of directors and advised by an Advisory Council representing a broad and neutral cross-section of British Columbia society.

“I am pleased to join Resource Works because we will be talking about the natural resource exports that add tremendous value to B.C. products and labour,” said Mr. Gordienko.

“Our Canadian resources enable local businesses to access new markets, boost profitability and pay workers better wages. They are what enable all residents of this province to enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world."

Mr. Gordienko has more than 40 years of experience in the labour movement and on the docks of British Columbia. The ILWU has 11 locals in British Columbia representing 3,200 members. These workers are instrumental in enabling the functioning of British Columbia’s natural resource economy that accounts for 80 per cent of the province’s goods exports and produced $25.5 billion worth of exports in 2013.

“In agreeing to join our movement, Mark signals that we are on the right track to derive authentic information about what it means to have a responsible resource sector driving a strong BC economy,” said Resource Works Society board chair Doug Horswill.

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