Wastewater plant workers' contract talks fail
CUPE representative says main workers' concern is pushing to 24/7 operations
Contract talks have broken down between Charlottetown waste water treatment plant workers and the City.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees said the eight workers have been without a contract since December 31, 2012.
Bill McKinnon, CUPE’s national representative, said the main stumbling block in negotiations is a concern by the workers that the City wants to make the plant on Riverside Drive a 24/7 operation.
The employees currently work an eight-hour day, Monday to Friday, with overtime for any callouts or after hours work.
“Being subjected to shift work 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a significant lifestyle alteration for anyone,” said McKinnon.
He said the cost increase would be significant to move to 24/7 hours.
“There is no viable reason why you would want to operate this plant for 24 hours a day.”
A conciliator has been appointed.
The workers do have the right to strike The last time they did so was back in 2008. That strike lasted 26 days.
Charlottetown officials say they do not comment on labour negotiations.