Friday , December 3 2021

The government reminds the legislator to address the strike message from the Power Workers Union


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The Ford government has announced its intention to remind the legislator of introducing legislation on team work to ensure that workers in the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) remain at work.

OPG received a strike from the Power Workers Union (PWU) on Friday, which immediately began with a 21-day shutdown of OPG's nuclear reactors in Darlington and Pickering, as well as the potential closures of OPG's 66 hydroelectric stations.

PWU represents about 6000 OPG employees. Their previous collective agreement expired on March 31, 2018.

Negotiations between the two parties began in January and a preliminary agreement was reached on 4 June. However, the PWU membership rejected the offer. Negotiations continued and another vote on the same offer was held in the month, which was rejected again.

As a result, the Ontario government announced that it would revoke the legislator.

"Given the uncertainty created by the impasse between the Ontario Power Generation and the Power Workers Union, it is the Government's intention to reconsider the 42nd parliament at 1pm Monday, December 17th in order to introduce legislation to ensure that power workers remain at work, says the Ontario Government House Leader Todd Smith in the statement.

OPG produces about half of the electricity in Ontario.

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