Work­ers sent home from Muskrat Falls

Pen­necon said it’s a tem­po­rary ‘de­mo­bi­liza­tion’ of the work­force

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CAREEN

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.”

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