Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA)

Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA)

May 23, 2012 12:12 ET

More Trouble Brewing at SNC-Lavalin as CANDU Workers Respond to Company Bullying

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - In an action more befitting of a third world country, SNC-Lavalin's Candu Energy has unilaterally stripped employees of working conditions and imposed new conditions on the highly skilled nuclear workforce. "SNC-Lavalin is trying to bully our members into working under lowest terms of employment of any company in the nuclear industry, this tactic may work in Libya but not in Canada" says Peter White, President of the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA).

SPEA represents the design team for CANDU reactors who support and service CANDU in Ontario, New Brunswick, Quebec and abroad working at Candu Energy, formerly known as Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). These conditions will result in the continued exodus of CANDU technical expertise from the company that was once internationally recognized as a leader in the nuclear industry. More than two hundred highly skilled employees with many years of experience have already fled the company. CANDU reactors are the only nuclear power reactors used in Canada and have been exported to countries around the world that are looking for safe, reliable, low emission generation. "SNC-Lavalin is acting more like Montgomery Burns of Simpsons' fame and if they keep this up in future they will only be able to recruit Homer Simpsons." said White. "Our members have built CANDU into a leader in the nuclear industry and now SNC-Lavalin is prepared to throw that away in one fell swoop."

"At a time when SNC-Lavalin can least afford another blow to their tarnished reputation, their newest division, Candu Energy, seems determined to drag it lower," said White. "They appear to believe that driving away their most valuable assets, their employees, which will result in the loss of the design expertise, is the best way to run a business."

SPEA has given notice to SNC-Lavalin and the Canada Labour Board that it may respond to SNC-Lavalin action through strike activity or other legal actions to protect the interests of its members. "We are reviewing our options on an on-going basis. At this point we will refuse all over time which will impact work at nuclear stations" added White.

About SPEA

The Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) represents engineers, scientists, technologists and tradespeople who collectively represent the majority of Canada's nuclear power design expertise employed by Candu Energy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin International. The Federal Government sold off the commercial business of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) to SNC-Lavalin International, in a deal which closed in October of 2011.

Contact Information

  • Michelle Duncan
    SPEA External Relations
    (416) 427-3525 (cellular)
    duncanm@spea.ca