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HANOVER - Saying they are no longer prepared to work for wages that are significantly lower than their counterparts in surrounding communities, employees of Hanover Hydro have gone on strike.

The strike began yesterday, July 24, and was prompted by the employers unwillingness to address the wage discrepancy.

Both office and hydro crew workers at Hanover Hydro are members of CUPE Local 255. Their contract expired on May 31 of this year.

Picket lines have gone up at the Hanover Hydro head office, which is located at 140 7th Avenue in Hanover.

CUPE National Rep. Jim Keenan says, wages at Hanover Hydro are so low compared to other utilities that theyve actually been having trouble filling vacant positions for linesman.

Our members are simply fed up with being treated like second-class citizens by this employer, says Keenan.

For information:

Patti Keip, Local 255 Spokesperson
(519) 364-5303 (h)
Jim Keenan, CUPE National Rep.

(705) 722-7387 (o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep.
(416) 292-3999 (o)

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