Liuna has been negotiating a renewal contract with the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association (EPSCA), which represents the owners of Hydro One, Bruce Power, Ontario Power Generation and other electrical system companies, for more than four months. The dispute concerns the refusal of Hydro One and its contractors to obtain a five-year pay slip obtained yesterday with EPSCA`s production sector and its contractors. In the past, there was pay equity between the production and transmission sectors under liuna collective agreements. For more information: For more information: Bill Reno, 416-223-7366 «EPSCA then changed the rules after getting what they wanted. They now want to set up a two-tier pay system for workers in the energy sector. «They`re looking for someone else who is responsible for their own mistakes,» Bartlett says. «It`s not going to happen,» Bartlett says. «The union negotiated in good faith with EPSCA to give them the flexibility of labour mobility they were looking for,» says Harold Bartlett, Deputy Director of Business for LIUNA`s Ontario Provincial District Council. «We have agreed to divide the province into four zones that provide Hydro One with significant labour cost efficiency. We did so with the understanding that EPSCA would continue to respect the long-standing principle of pay equity in the energy sector. LIUNA represents approximately 700 employees in Ontario`s electricity sector and 85,000 members across Canada who work in construction, industry, healthcare and other sectors.
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