Representatives from CUPE 1, who work for Toronto Hydro, and the Ontario Electricity Coalition visited Sudbury Hydro picket lines in a show of opposition to Sudbury Hydros demands for contract concessions.
Hydro workers across the province will stand together against any push for take-aways, said Bruno Silano, president of CUPE 1. We are here to deliver a message to Sudbury Hydro workers that they have our support and to the employer, that we will help our neighbours in this struggle.
Silano presented a $2,500 cheque to CUPE 4705 president Wyman MacKinnon on the picket line in support of the strike.
Demands for concessions are only one part of wider problems with Ontarios electricity sector, said Paul Kahnet of the Ontario Electricity Coalition.
Many, many Ontario residents are very concerned that our public electricity system, the best in the world, is being eroded, said Kahnet. They recognize that these attacks on workers are part of a larger picture. Thats the reason we support the stand these workers are taking.