The Ontario government has passed Bill 67, the Labour Relations Amendment Act that prevents strike action at Ontario Power Generation.
A statement released by the Minister of Labour Laurie Scott and Minister of Energy, Northern Mines and Development Greg Bickford Thursday says “the amendments to the 1995 Labour Relations Act prohibit and stop any strikes or lockouts between OPG and PWU for the current round of bargaining”.
“All matters in dispute will be referred to a neutral mediator-arbitrator for a fair dispute resolution process”.
Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller says he is pleased with the passage of the bill.
Miller adds, “I am sorry I had to cancel a number of meetings in the riding this week but it was urgent we pass this legislation to ensure our power supply this winter,” noting “OPG produces 51% of Ontario’s electricity and we could not risk having any of their facilities shut down during the heart of winter.”
Workers with the Power Workers’ Union were poised to go on strike after rejecting the latest contract offer by OPG last week.
A collective agreement between OPG and PWU expired March 31, 2018.
In a media release issued last Friday, 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.