HAY RIVER, Northwest Territories (February 7, 2019) – The Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) has received notice from the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) that they intend to launch a legal strike at 12:01 am on Monday, February 11.
Managers, non-unionized staff and unionized employees designated as essential personnel, will ensure reliable electricity service is maintained during the strike. NTPC and the UNW were required to reach an Essential and Emergency Services Agreement before a legal strike could begin, as per the requirements of the Public Service Act.
“We value the work of all our employees and are committed to negotiating a new Collective Agreement that is fair to workers and reflective of our current financial reality,” said Paul Grant, Interim President and CEO of NTPC. “We need to find a balance between investing in our employees and being fiscally responsible to our customers by doing everything we can to keep electricity rates as low as possible for residents of the NWT. During the strike, we remain committed to maintaining reliable electricity for our customers”
NTPC currently budgets for 210 positions, 162 of those designated for members of the UNW.
NTPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NT Hydro, which in turn is 100 percent owned by the Government of the Northwest Territories.