NL Hy­dro work­ers protest across North­ern Penin­sula and South­ern Labrador

Union be­lieves em­ployee un­justly pun­ished

Northern Pen - - Editorial - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS stephen.roberts@north­ern­pen.ca

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.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Mem­bers of the In­ter­na­tional Broth­er­hood of Elec­tri­cal Work­ers (IBEW) Lo­cal 1615 union protested at the hy­dro sta­tion in St. An­thony.

STEPHEN ROBERTS/THE NORTH­ERN PEN

The union showed sup­port for its fel­low worker.

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