Queen’s Park Preparing For Possible Power Workers’ Strike

Says it will not allow Ontarians to spend the holiday season in the dark or go without heat

Provincial Energy Minister Greg Rickford says the province will not allow Ontarians to spend the holiday season in the dark or go without heat with the threat of a strike by Ontario Power Generation workers.

They’ve rejected a final offer from OPG after several months of negotiations.

Rickford says the province will do whatever is required to protect the health and safety of Ontario residents.

“OPG produces approximately 50 per cent of Ontario’s electricity that families, businesses and industry rely on every day. Any prolonged outage caused by a job action would jeopardize electricity supply to Ontario’s industry and businesses, which could have a devastating impact and ripple effect on our province’s economy.

A strike date has not been set.

“We want to assure the people of Ontario that we are reviewing all options available to us to ensure that the supply of electricity remains uninterrupted in this province. Our government will have no hesitation to act swiftly and decisively if required.”

Among the issues the Power Worker’s Union wants addressed is “OPG’s refusal to reconsider its stance to deny over 300 highly trained, skilled term workers the rights of full-time employees. OPG’s treatment of highly trained workers must be addressed. These employees are relied upon to ensure the reliability of Ontario’s electricity sector, and therefore should not be treated as a disposable resource,” says president of the Power Workers’ Union Mel Hyatt.