Workers sent home from Muskrat Falls
Pennecon said it’s a temporary ‘demobilization’ of the workforce
More than 200 workers at the Muskrat Falls site were sent home on Feb. 3.
The workers are on site with Pennecon, a sub- contractor of GE Grid, and are part of a planned reshaping of the workforce, according to Karen O’Neill, communications manager for the Lower Churchill Project.
Pennecon does still have a crew on site for safety and monitoring reasons. The workers who are sent home are hourly employees and will not be paid while they are off.
“This is to ensure the workforce is the right size and that their work is executed in a pri- oritized and productive way to achieve best value for the transmission project at the Muskrat Falls site in Labrador,” O’Neill wrote in the statement.
Sarah Constantine, corporate communications manager for Pennecon, told TC Media the 225 workers should be back in a few days. She said they are working with GE Grid to ‘revise the scope of work definitions and execution priorities.’
“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,” she said. “So that’s what we’re doing, taking a step back, high-level big-picture conversations.”