UPDATE Tuesday, December 18th, 2018:
Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller says the people of Ontario need and deserve a reliable power supply, especially over the winter months. “Right now, that’s at risk.”
Miller is responding to Monday’s legislation to prevent a strike by the Power Workers’ Union at OPG.
“This is a health and safety issue,” said Miller. “There are many people in rural and Northern Ontario who heat with electricity – we cannot leave them without heat in the winter.”
Monday, December 17th, 2018
The Ontario government is introducing legislation Monday to prevent a strike at Ontario Power Generation after recalling the legislature.
The threat of a strike by the Power Workers’ Union drew closer to being a reality Thursday after the union rejected OPG’s latest contract offer.
A collective agreement between OPG and PWU expired March 31, 2018.
In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the government stated “proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 would prohibit and stop any strikes or lockouts between Ontario Power Generation and the Power Workers’ Union for the current round of bargaining and send all matters in dispute to a mediator-arbitrator for a fair dispute resolution process”.
Minister of Labour Laurie Scott said “we want to see a fair deal reached between the parties,” adding, “our proposed legislation will remove the risk of widespread power outages and allow dispute resolution to happen appropriately”.
In his statement, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Bickford said the government was taking swift and decisive action to keep the lights on for Ontario families, seniors, and businesses.
A media release Friday by the Independent Electricity Systems Operators, the agency responsible for electricity distribution in the province, stated Ontario would not have the generation needed to meet consumer demand and customers would begin losing power if workers at OPG were to go on strike.