Premier Ford is the Grinch who’s making politicians work over their Christmas Break. Despite rising last week for the annual Christmas break, the Ford Government has recalled the legislature to hold an emergency session today to introduce legislation aimed at preventing a strike at Ontario Power Generation. The legislation would stop a job action by about 6,000 workers at O.P.G. The government has said a strike could cause power outages in as little as a week.
The union, which has been without a collective bargaining agreement since March 31, said Friday that OPG’s final offer was rejected by a nearly 60 per cent vote of its membership. A notice of a strike was announced on Friday, a day after members of the Power Workers’ Union rejected a contract offer from O.P.G. They would be in a legal strike position as of December 26. A statement from the Independent Electricity System Operator said, “The shutdown of OPG’s nuclear and hydroelectric facilities could occur in approximately three weeks. At that point Ontario would not have the generation needed to meet consumer demand and customers would begin losing power.” “The IESO will take every action available to delay and mitigate the impact… However, these actions will not be enough to prevent significant losses of power.”
Includes files from: The Canadian Press and CP24