Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

August 22, 2005 06:15 ET

Non-striking professionals picketing IESO headquarters

Employees of OPG, IESO, Bruce Power, etc. say enough is enough! Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2005) - Over 100 professionals working in Ontario's electricity industry have set up an information picket today at the premises of the Independent Electricity System Operator. The picket is in support of the energy professionals on strike at Hydro One.

"Premier McGuinty has allowed Hydro One CEO Tom Parkinson to make a mockery of the collective bargaining process, of our duty to protect the electricity system, and of any semblance of professionalism," said Andrew Müller, president of the Society of Energy Professionals. "He's forced Hydro One professionals out on strike over discriminatory practices that should have disappeared with sex- and race-based pay inequality."

"Our members are here to demonstrate their support for the Hydro One professionals, because we could be facing similar ridiculous demands from our own employers," said OPG Nuclear employee Olaf Heilandt. "OPG Society members' hearts are with the professionals at Hydro One, and we're here to lend some muscle as well."

Striking Hydro One professionals are also involved in today's picketing of the IESO.

Why picket the IESO?

"The professionals at the IESO need the professionals at Hydro One back at work," said Rick Coates, a Society-represented employee of the IESO. "Very important projects are at a standstill-such as rebuilding the transmission system in western Toronto, which is essential to system reliability in that area. We've lost the ability to do anything resembling system planning with Hydro One, just because their CEO is on a crusade to pay young professionals less."

"Together we're telling Premier McGuinty he's got to clean up the mess Tom Parkinson's made."

WHERE: Independent Electricity System Operator, Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga (between Southdown Road and Winston Churchill Boulevard)

WHEN: August 22nd, 2005; 6:30 a.m. to lunch

The Independent Electricity System Operator is the hub of the electricity system in Ontario, balancing electricity supply and demand, and directing its flow through the province's transmission lines.

The Society of Energy Professionals represents more than 6,000 professional employees in the electricity industry in Ontario, including engineers, scientists, supervisors, and others. The Society is Local 160 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. /For further information: please contact Brian Robinson at (416) 716-6438 or André Kolompar at (416) 305-0230/ IN: ENERGY, LABOUR, TELECOMM

Contact Information

  • Brian Robinson, Communications Officer, Society of Energy Professionals
    Primary Phone: 416-716-6438
    E-mail: brian@society.on.ca