Minister issues directive to limit offshoring of jobs for Ontario Power
Generation and Hydro One
TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The decision by Energy Minister Bob
Chiarelli to limit offshoring of jobs is being welcomed as a positive
step by members of the Society of Energy Professionals (The Society).
"The Minister understands that the work we provide is valuable and
should stay here in Ontario," said Scott Travers, President of The
Society. "We applaud his decision and hope that other ministries in the
Wynne government follow his lead."
"At a time when Ontario needs it most, this government has shown a
commitment to good local jobs."
Recent submissions by companies bidding on contracts from Ontario Power
Generation (OPG) and Hydro One allowed for the work to be sent offshore
to foreign companies. Members of The Society currently do the work in
Ontario. "We believe that the work can be done competitively in
Ontario," Travers pointed out. "The Minister's directive confirms that
he shares that view."
"When it involves taxpayer or ratepayer money, preference should be
given to keep the jobs in Ontario," said Travers. "The short-term
savings rarely make up for the long-term costs when these jobs are
lost. Our people know how to be competitive and deliver value every
day. We appreciate the vote of confidence in their work."
The Society of Energy Professionals represents 8,000 knowledge workers and supervisors that are responsible for the generation, transmission and regulation of energy in Ontario in both the broader public and private sectors.
Image with caption: "Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli announces that there will be no offshoring of Ontario energy sector jobs at Society of Energy Professionals' meeting, October 28, 2013 (CNW Group/The Society of Energy Professionals)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131028_C7796_PHOTO_EN_32648.jpg
SOURCE: The Society of Energy Professionals
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