NL Hydro workers protest across Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador
Union believes employee unjustly punished
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (NL Hydro) workers across the Great Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador showed solidarity with a colleague on Wednesday, June 6.
Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union Local 1615 organized protests on behalf of a suspended NL Hydro employee based out of St. Anthony.
Disciplinary action was taken against the individual, an apprentice line worker, after an accident along Route 430 this past April.
The individual was behind the wheel when a NL Hydro truck tipped over at Green Island Cove on the Great Northern Peninsula.
The employee was suspended for three weeks without pay and will be relocated to Mary’s Harbour in August.
The protests were held, prior to operating hours from 7-8 a.m., at NL Hydro stations in St. Anthony, Flower’s Cove, Port Saunders, Roddickton, L’Anse au Loup and Mary’s Harbour.
According to IBEW Local 1615, the worker passed a drug and alcohol test and provided an accurate account of the incident.
Therefore, the union Local believes management’s decision was unwarranted. It wants the employee to be put back to work and to remain in St. Anthony.
The union went ahead with the protests after its request to have a meeting with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro was declined.
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro released the following statement to the Northern Pen, “We take all incidents very seriously and are working with the employee and the union to provide support and ensure safe work practices moving forward.”
Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1615 union protested at the hydro station in St. Anthony.
The union showed support for its fellow worker.