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Darlington rehab work affected by strike says union

Darlington rehab work affected by strike says union

MISSISSAUGA, ONT.—Refurbishment work on OPG’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station is being hampered by the current strike by SPEA, the nuclear firm’s professional union, an SPEA spokesperson claims.

Members of the SPEA (Society of Professional Engineers and Associates) began a strike on May 29. The SPEA includes engineers, scientists and technicians.

Work to refurbish four units of the Darlington plant in Clarington, Ont. began in 2016 and is expected to continue to 2024.

“The rotating strikes are impeding the refurbishment work. Our members, the engineers and techs, are working on the refurbishment,” said Michelle Duncan, SPEA staff representative, in a statement.

A June 6 release said picket lines at Candu Energy’s Speakman Drive site in Mississauga slowed traffic as other employees attempted to return to the worksite. The union said the employer demanded that hundreds of employees currently working from home return to the office full time with one business day’s notice.

OPG (Ontario Power Generation) did not respond to a request for comment.

Wages are one of several issues separating the two sides, stated the union. Contracts expired at the end of 2021.

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