Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

June 25, 2005 19:26 ET

OPG Nanticoke injunction request put over to Monday (Correction)

(Correction is in headline only) Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 25, 2005) - An application to limit picketing by striking energy professionals at Nanticoke Generating Station has been put over.

On an injunction application brought by Ontario Power Generation late Friday, Mr. Justice Kent, who is hearing the case, ordered the matter to continue on Monday morning.

"Our picket line was taken down Friday evening at 7:45 p.m.," said Keith Rattai, Hydro One Local Vice President of the Society. "We had no interest in any further unit shutdowns, and no plans for further picketing at Nanticoke."

"Our main interest is that Premier McGuinty direct Hydro One to do what's necessary to resolve this matter and remove the threat to the electricity system."

During the process of hearing the application, the Society has undertaken not to picket at Nanticoke, and Mr. Justice Kent has ordered that they maintain that undertaking. A Ministry of Energy media release of today, "Energy minister urges both sides back to table in Hydro One dispute" said-incorrectly-that OPG had won an injunction.

The Society represents energy professionals on strike at Hydro One. The strikers had set up a picket line at Nanticoke, owned by Ontario Power Generation, at 6 a.m. on Friday morning. As the great majority of OPG employees on their way to work chose to respect those lines, OPG eventually caused six of the eight generating units to be shut down, taking 3,000 megawatts of electricity out of Ontario's power supply.

On Monday morning at 10 a.m., the hearing into the injunction application will continue. It will take place at the Hamilton Courthouse.

Professional employees at Hydro One are currently on strike to resist Hydro One's demand that they accept 11 to 22 per cent in pay cuts, and a two-tier wage system for newly hired employees. Ontario's Mr. Justice McLean ruled on Thursday night that picketing at OPG by the Society's Hydro One local is legal.

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 an affiliate of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.
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  • Brian Robinson, Communications Officer, Society of Energy Professionals
    Primary Phone: 416-716-6438
    E-mail: brian@society.on.ca