Candu Energy grapples with strike and soft markets

John Spears, Business Reporter

A year ago this month, Canada’s nuclear industry looked forward hopefully as SNC-Lavalin struck a deal to buy the Candu reactor technology of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.

Today Candu Energy, as the company is known, faces employees on the picket line, and a prized customer – the Ontario government – that’s playing hard to get.

Engineers, scientists and technicians belonging to the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA) are into their third week of a partial strike against Candu.

Read more: June 20, 2012 - The Star - Candu Energy grapples with strike and soft markets

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Nuclear Engineers Forced to Strike as Canada Marks 50 Years of Nuclear Power

Society of Professional Engineers and Associates pay tribute to colleagues who helped ushered in Canada's nuclear era but worry about the future of CANDU
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2012) - CANDU technology marks an important milestone on Monday, June 4, 2012 with the 50th anniversary of nuclear power in Canada. On this date a CANDU reactor started to feed the Ontario electricity grid from the Nuclear Power Demonstration near Rolphton, Ontario (west of Ottawa) with about 20 megawatts of power. "We are proud of the engineers, scientists, technologists and others who helped design and build one of only three prevailing nuclear technologies," said Peter White, President of the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA). "They have created one of the best systems in the world, a complex undertaking that few other countries have been able to achieve." Read more: June 4, 2012 - Press Release - Nuclear Engineers Forced to Strike as Canada Marks 50 Years of...

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, (TD)

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."

Read more: June 1, 2012 - Press Release - Nuclear Scientists, Engineers and Technologists Respond to...

More Trouble Brewing at SNC-Lavalin as CANDU Workers Respond to Company Bullying

 

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - In an action more befitting of a third world country, SNC-Lavalin's Candu Energy has unilaterally stripped employees of working conditions and imposed new conditions on the highly skilled nuclear workforce. "SNC-Lavalin is trying to bully our members into working under lowest terms of employment of any company in the nuclear industry, this tactic may work in Libya but not in Canada" says Peter White, President of the Society of Professional Engineers and Associates (SPEA).

 

Read more: May 23, 2012 - Marketwire - Press Release - More Trouble Brewing at SNC-Lavalin as CANDU Workers...