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Protests force Alberta workers to leave N.B.; Nuclear power plant terminates workers for Internet use; BC HRMA accepting awards nominations
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/05/2009

Protests force Alberta workers to leave N.B.

Saint John, N.B. — The more than 100 Albertan tradespeople forced to leave Saint John amid protests from local residents will return to finish building a storage tank for the city’s new liquefied natural gas plant, promised the president of Integral Energy Services. The electrical and instrumentation construction company, based in Balzac, Alta., was contracted to build the tank and sent 125 workers to the city last month to work on the Canaport LNG facility. Three days into the three-month job, hundreds of people gathered outside the workers’ hotel to protest what they viewed as outsiders taking scarce local jobs, especially on a project that has received municipal tax cuts. Daily protests continued despite an injunction against the protesters and the workers were flown home after only one week in Saint John. The workers will return to finish the job once accommodation outside Saint John has been found and extra security measures have been put in place, said Alan Rozak, president of Integral.

Nuclear power plant terminates workers for Internet use

Tiverton, Ont. — About 80 contract workers at the Bruce Power nuclear plant in Tiverton were dismissed last month for “inappropriate” computer use. An investigation determined the workers violated the company’s code of conduct as it relates to email and Internet use, said a company spokesman. The plant, located on the shores of Lake Huron, employs 3,800 workers and about 2,000 contract workers. Bruce Power’s code of conduct states the company has the ability to monitor email, Internet and file sharing. The code lists chain letters, computer games, storing of personal documents and pictures, visiting chat groups and gambling sites as examples of inappropriate use.

BC HRMA accepting awards nominations

Vancouver — The British Columbia Human Resources Management Association (BC HRMA) is accepting nominees for the 2010 BC HRMA Professional Awards. The categories include HR professional of the year, award of excellence in innovation, Rising Star award, fellow CHRP and BC HRMA honorary life member. The nomination deadline is Dec. 4, 2009. For more details about the awards, visit www.bchrma.org/awards.

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