Chalk River Nuclear Scientists Hold Information Picket outside AECL
On September 9, 2014, Chalk River scientists held an info picket outside Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) facilities to draw attention to the Government-owned Contractor-operated management model - semi-privatization of the laboratories - which threatens to remove scientists’, engineers’, and other employees’ promises of a secure retirement and will endanger staff recruitment and retention.
“We’re not opposed to the GoCo model itself,” says CRPEG President Jonathan Fitzpatrick. “But the federal government needs to ‘do it right.’ Depriving current and future AECL scientists and engineers of a secure retirement is not the way to ensure Canada’s nuclear labs attract and retain the best and the brightest. Nuclear energy continues to supply an enormous part of Canada’s overall energy needs as well as our medical, industrial and innovation requirements. Canada needs this expertise and it should continue to be fairly compensated and secured by the continued promise of a decent pension.”
Some 1,500 postcards to support the call were handled to the public.
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