Trenton NS Power jobs in jeopardy

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Nova Scotia Power's pursuit of cost saving measures may lead to the outsourcing of 13 Trenton NS Power jobs.

Nova Scotia Power's pursuit of cost saving measures may lead to the outsourcing of 13 Trenton NS Power jobs.

NS Power Scotia Power announced a request for proposals process in the fall for qualified workers who can do the jobs of the company's current employees.

It was determined that the company can save money for customers by contracting out coal and ash handling work at its thermal generating station in Trenton. This change could impact up to 13 positions at the plant.

This same work has been contracted out to an external vendor for close to ten years at the Point Tupper Generating Station. Similar type of work is also under review at our Point Aconi and Lingan thermal sites.

“This decision was made as part of our commitment to our customers to reduce costs,” said Bob Hanf, President and CEO, Nova Scotia Power. “This is a complex process. I’m confident that we are making the right decisions for our customers, and it’s important that we continue to work with our union on any potential changes.”

The company has met with the IBEW to review NS Power’s RFP analysis and discuss the outsourcing decision in greater detail. The company and union will meet again in the coming weeks to discuss the union’s response. No layoff notices have been issued at this time.

Decisions on other areas of work being reviewed for potential outsourcing are expected in the coming weeks.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Point Tupper Generating Station, IBEW

Geographic location: Trenton

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