Society of Energy Professionals

Society of Energy Professionals

August 17, 2005 08:35 ET

Strikers Meet Premier At AMO Saying Stop Discrimination!

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) - Two hundred Hydro One Strikers showed up at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference this morning to say that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty must take ultimate responsibility for contract demands they say will discriminate against the next generation of energy professionals at Hydro One, many of whom will come from other cultures and backgrounds.

The strikers, members of the Society of Energy Professionals/IFPTE Local 160 want McGuinty to stop backing Hydro One's attempt to force what they say is a discriminatory plan that will force a lifetime 22% salary reduction, and a 50% cut to the pensions and medical benefits of a generation of the experts Ontario needs to keep the lights on.

Union President Andrew Müller said: "We're here because Hydro One would not have forced an eleven week strike over discriminatory two tier wage, benefit and pension cuts if they did not believe they had the Premier's blessing, so that makes him responsible."

Müller challenged the Premier, asking: "Is this the kind of discriminatory proposal that Liberals really want to be known for?" "Why are you and Hydro One picking on young experts who come, more and more, from different cultures and backgrounds?

1,000 members of the Society Of Energy Professionals/IFPTE Local 160 have been on strike against Hydro One since June 6th, 2005. /For further information: please contact Michelle Duncan at (416) 427-3525/ 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