Workers laid off from Muskrat Falls
Pennecon said workforce may increase again in the spring
Pennecon received new execution priorities from its client, GE Solutions Canada, last week due to the impact of extreme weather conditions on the Muskrat Falls Converter Station / AC Substation Civil Works Project.
More than 200 workers at the Muskrat Falls site were sent home on Feb. 3 and only 80 of them are going back for the time being. The workers are on site with Pennecon, a sub-contractor of GE Grid, and Sarah Constantine, corporate communications manager for Pennecon, told TC Media the layoffs are due to new ‘execution priorities’ from GE due to extreme weather conditions at the site.
“These new priorities seek to maximize productivity and deliver best value by reducing work during the harsh winter months, and resuming a full workload when conditions improve in the spring/summer of 2017,” Constantine said.
She said they expect the workforce to increase again in the spring and employees received notification in accordance with their collective agreement.
“This is a large and dynamic project and it isn’t unusual to have to take the time to clarify work scope and ensure that our workforce is efficient with the project needs and we’re all on the same page when it comes to execution priorities,” Constantine said to TC Media when the workers were sent home on Feb. 3. “So that’s what we’re doing, taking a step back, high-level big-picture conversations.”
More than 100 workers were laid off on the Muskrat Falls site Feb. 10. The contractor, Pennecon, said it may ramp back up again in the spring.