Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Published Friday, December 14, 2018 11:58 EST
Updated Friday, December 14, 2018 EST EST 12:19
Ford's government is preparing to recall the legislature over Christmas to stop a strike by union power workers at Ontario Power Generation, which manages about half the capacity of the province's generation, CTV News Toronto has learned.
Members of the Power Workers Union (PWU) have been working without contract since March 31 and recently rejected what was generated at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as a final bid.
The Energy Minister, Greg Rickford and Labor Minister Laurie Scott announced a joint statement stating their willingness to take action to avoid a strike.
"OPG generates about 50 per cent of the electricity of Ontario that families, businesses and industry depend on them every day. Any long interference caused by a deed would compromise electricity supply to the industry and businesses of Ontario, which could have an adverse impact on the effect of our province's economy. "
He raised the legislature on December 6 and had not arranged to resume activity until February.
The union said on Thursday that it would be holding a Friday meeting to prepare for "shut down" facilities safely in the event of a strike.
"The main bargaining committee will meet on December 14th to start a warning to start a shutdown & # 39; for 21 days in preparation for the closure of power generation. PWU members will continue to fulfill their responsibilities in accordance with all safety guidelines in preparation for the implementation of a job. "