Statement by Minister Rickford and Minister Scott on a potential strike by a group of power workers
Today, Honorable Greg Rickfords, Minister of Energy, Laurie Scott, Minister of Northern Development and Mining and Honorable Labor, issued the following statement on the Energy Workers' Union (PWU) Opting out of Ontario's final electricity supply contract negotiations, leaving PWU strike position:
"We are aware that the negotiation of an agreement between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Workers' Union (PWU) that has been going on since then PWU and The collective agreement expired on March 31, 2018, has been split up. PWU and membership has not been ratified OPG final offer.
"OPG produces about 50 percent of Ontario's electricity used by families, businesses and industry every day. Any prolonged malfunctioning caused by work could endanger the supply of electricity to Ontario's industry and businesses, and could have a devastating effect and a rapid impact on the economy of our province.
"We will not let Ontario's families and pensioners spend their holiday season in the dark or go without heat. We will do everything we can to protect the health and safety of Ontario's citizens.
"We definitely urge both sides to achieve a resolution before it brings about any power outages. We want to provide the people of Ontario with the fact that we are reviewing all the opportunities that are available to us to ensure that the supply of electricity in this province will continue to continue." The government will not be slow to act quickly and decisively, if necessary. "