|Nuclear Scientists, Engineers and Technologists Respond to SNC-Lavalin's Bully Tactics With Job Action|
Members of the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates Begin Job Action Monday, June 4th at 6:30 AM
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2012) - The Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) will withdraw the services of key personnel starting Monday from SNC-Lavalin's Candu Energy to move the company to treat it's employee's fairly and respectfully. The withdrawal of services will have various effects on commercial projects in Canada and internationally. "SNC-Lavalin needs to realize the value of its greatest asset, their employees, and negotiate a contract that is fair and appropriate," said Peter White, President of SPEA.
"Right now SNC-Lavalin is using the same approach that Caterpillar used against workers at the Electro-Motive plant in London, Ontario," White pointed out. "Unlike that situation, SNC-Lavalin cannot move production to another location. Candu Energy jobs will be lost and a whole industry based on Canadian developed CANDU technology will die if Candu does not change its approach."
"Ever since SNC-Lavalin bought Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) from the Government of Canada for a bargain basement price they have targeted employees with a campaign of misinformation and disrespect," says White. "Over 200 employees have fled the company since the sale was announced, representing some of the best, brightest and most experienced workers. They have voted with their feet and yet the company continues to employ labour relations tactics more common to third world countries."
"SPEA is committed to negotiating a fair and realistic contract," said White. "We understand the need for the company to be competitive and productive however SNC-Lavalin also needs to understand that it needs to retain its employees. Without them, there is very little to the company."
Nuclear industry employees are amongst the most highly educated. SPEA members have many advanced degrees and years of experience in designing complex and reliable nuclear facilities around the world. The current job action will not impact on critical safety responsibilities.
The Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) represents engineers, scientists, technologists and trades people who collectively represent the majority of Canada's nuclear power design expertise employed by Candu Energy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin International. The Federal Government sold off the commercial business of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) to SNC-Lavalin International, in a deal which closed in October of 2011.