Sunday, 22 July 2012

Candu workers picket in Brampton

Candu workers picket in Brampton: ..."A group of engineers set up pickets around Brampton this week to protest against Candu Energy’s proposal to cut employee wages and benefits.
About 800 nuclear scientists, engineers and technologists at Mississauga-based Candu Energy Inc. went on strike earlier this month after negotiators failed to reach a contract before the strike deadline.
Candu is owned by Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, and its employees design, build and service nuclear reactors that supply nearly half of Ontario’s electricity and 16 per cent of Canada’s overall electricity requirements.
Members of the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA), the union that represents employees, say they are protesting against unfair demands by SNC and hoped to generate public awareness by hosting information sessions at various Metro Foods grocery stores in GTA locations, including Brampton.
The reason for this somewhat unusual protest, say SPEA members, is the fact that the president of Metro Food, Pierre Lassard, is also a senior executive at SNC Lavalin, the parent company of Candu Energy Inc. "

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