CUPE opposes privatization of Hydro One

Union investing $500,000 in public awareness campaign
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/04/2015

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is fighting to prevent the partial privatization of Hydro One in Ontario.

Premier Kathleen Wynne recently announced 60 per cent of the electricity utility will be sold in part to fund the government’s transit infrastructure plan. The plan — outlined in the provincial budget — will be a $130-billion push, spanning 10 years.

CUPE, however, said the privatization runs afoul of the Electricity Act. Labour law firm Sack Goldblatt Mitchell prepared a legal opinion report for the union and found "substantial grounds for challenging, as unlawful, a decision to privatize Hydro One for the purpose of 'freeing-up' funds to invest in transit and transportation infrastructure."