Construction and Maintenance Project Labour Relations

Creating better outcomes for all players in Labour Relations in Canada

We ensure that the project manages its industrial relationships with key stakeholders to mitigate against risks and realize the benefits of the project for all the stakeholders.

We work with Project Owners and their key contractors (EPC/M) from the first phases of a project through to completion:

  1. Feasibility
  2. Early Design
  3. Detailed Design
  4. Construction Project Execution
  5. Commissioning and Operations

We go beyond the traditional industrial relations focuses to examine all aspects of project culture and desired end operating culture.  We help you design the desired labour relations environment by ensuring all elements during construction including the business strategy, leadership, organizational design and policies, management and supervisory skills, corporate citizenship, reputation in the marketplace and communications are aligned with the Labour Relations Strategy.

We can help with similar analysis and services to optimize your maintenance projects by reducing labour risks.

Construction and Maintenance Project Labour Relations Services

  • Annual Labour Reports: Maintenance Shutdown Report, Mega-Projects Inventory Report, Project Labour Agreements (PLAs))
  • Project Labour Cost Estimates (e.g. Wage Assumptions, Travel and Accommodation costs)
  • Risk Evaluations (e.g. Bespoke Labour Market Studies)
  • Construction Project Labour Relations Strategy (e.g. Open Site vs Closed Site, Owner Self Perform)
  • Stakeholder Impact and Benefit Realization (e.g. Review of IBAs, Local Contracting Strategy, Local Community Leaders Labour Relations Training, Communication Planning)
  • Project Labour Negotiations (e.g. Project Labour Agreements, Project Labour Terms and Conditions)
  • Project Execution Processes (e.g. Dispute Resolution, Labour Participation Data Collection, Training and Orientation etc.)
  • Operations Employee Relations Strategy (e.g. Union vs Union Free Operations)
  • Operations (e.g. Safety, Orientation, early training and hiring processes, Supervisor and Management LR Training)

“Oakbridges’ strategists helped BHP Billiton during the Definition Phase of the Jansen project is Saskatchewan. Their work was insightful and thorough. They assisted us in understanding the complexities of the labour market and gave us the inputs to make the right choices to manage our EPCM and mitigate project risks. Oakbridge is easy to work with and client focused along with good business acumen. I would work with them again.”

Jennifer Koury
VPHR, BHP Billiton North America