TORONTO, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - A province-wide strike in Ontario's electricity
transmission sector that had been scheduled to begin at 12:01 a.m.,
Monday, August 30 has been called off. A settlement has been reached
between the Labourers' International Union of North America - Ontario
Provincial District Council (LIUNA-OPDC) and the Electrical Power
Systems Construction Association (EPSCA), which represents the owners of
Hydro One and other electricity system contractors.
The strike had been called over the refusal by Hydro One and its
contractors to match a five-year wage settlement reached yesterday with
EPSCA's generation group and its contractor members. Today, that gap was
bridged and the transmission group wage settlement upholds the
longstanding practice of wage parity between the generation and
transmission sectors under LIUNA collective agreements. Both the
generation and transmission agreements will run until 2015.
"This is a good agreement for both the union and the employers," says
Harold Bartlett, Assistant Business Manager of LIUNA's Ontario
Provincial District Council.
"We have maintained wage parity for our members, which was essential,
and the employers now have the labour cost efficiencies and flexibility
they sought. It's a win-win."
LIUNA represents approximately 700 workers in Ontario's electricity
sector and 85,000 members in Canada who work in the construction,
industrial, health care and other sectors.
SOURCE LABOURERS' INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA (LIUNA)
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