Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

September 08, 2014 15:01 ET

Chalk River Nuclear Scientists Hold Information Picket

CHALK RIVER, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - Members of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) and the Chalk River Professional Employees Group (CRPEG) will hold an information picket outside Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) facilities in Chalk River, Ontario starting at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to draw attention to the threatened loss of nuclear workers' defined benefit government pensions.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), the department responsible for AECL, is currently attempting to semi-privatize the laboratories under a new Government-owned, Contractor-operated (GoCo) management model, which threatens to remove scientists', engineers', and other employees' promises of a secure retirement and will endanger staff recruitment and retention.

"We're not opposed to the GoCo model itself," says CRPEG President Jonathan Fitzpatrick. "But the federal government needs to 'do it right.' Depriving current and future AECL scientists and engineers of a secure retirement is not the way to ensure Canada's nuclear labs attract and retain the best and the brightest. Nuclear energy continues to supply an enormous part of Canada's overall energy needs as well as our medical, industrial and innovation requirements. Canada needs this expertise and it should continue to be fairly compensated and secured by the continued promise of a decent pension."

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents approximately 55,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector, including some 750 engineers and scientists at AECL's Chalk River site. They are responsible for supporting the safe operation of CANDU nuclear reactors, managing radioactive waste from across Canada, providing expert opinion and advice to the government on national and international nuclear issues (such as the events of Fukushima), and operating nuclear reactors which produce medical isotopes used for diagnostic purposes world-wide.

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