04/11/2012 03:33 EDT | Updated 06/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Union leader disciplined at rescue centre for giving politician tour

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A union leader at a marine rescue sub-centre in St. John's, N.L., says he has been disciplined for giving an unauthorized tour of the facility.

Merv Wiseman says he invited a Liberal member of the legislature and a party staff member to tour the sub-centre recently as the coast guard proceeds with plans to close it down.

Wiseman says a coast guard fact-finding committee determined he breached protocol and gave preferential treatment to a politician.

A coast guard spokesperson said it can't comment on the case because it is an internal disciplinary matter.

Wiseman, who has 35 years of experience at the agency, says he was given a letter of reprimand to be placed in his employment file, but he intends to appeal the decision.

He says he fears the coast guard is trying to mute his criticism of the federal government's decision to shift the sub-centre's responsibilities to Halifax.