Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

May 29, 2009 17:28 ET

The Professional Institute Agrees to Cooperate With the Government's New Direction for AECL

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 29, 2009) - The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), the union which represents scientists and engineers working at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) research facilities at Chalk River, Ontario has agreed to cooperate with the government as it restructures the federal agency along commercial and research lines.

PIPSC members are vital to the successful operation of AECL research facilities. Meaningful consultations with the government advisors appointed to oversee this restructuring will ensure that Canadians continue to benefit from the world-class knowledge that has been accumulated over the past decades.

Gary Corbett, A/President of the Institute, commented: "This new direction for AECL cannot be set without the support of our members. There has been lot of focus recently, and with good reason, on the serious problems experienced by the Chalk River facility. Those issues urgently need to be addressed in order to help care for Canadian, and international, cancer patients. Canada has been a world leader in the nuclear industry for over fifty years, and it absolutely makes sense for the country to continue investing in a key area of national scientific expertise. Canada needs a healthy nuclear industry and our members are ready to work with the government's advisors to ensure the success of the restructuring plan. The union and the government share the common objective of best utilizing this highly educated and skilled workforce to help Canada better compete in domestic and international markets".

"We thank the Minister of Natural Resources for recognizing the knowledge and skills of our membership, and accept her offer to include the Institute in the process", Mr. Corbett added.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada represents 57,000 professionals and scientists across Canada's public sector, including over 600 employed at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd research facilities at Chalk River.

Contact Information

  • Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Chantal Lecours
    613-228-6310 extension 2229
    613-864-4368 (cell)
    or
    Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
    Pierre Villon
    613-228-6310 extension 2228
    613-794-9369 (cell)