Letters to the editor
Fortis fare unfair
Sep 4, 2013 / 4:28 pm
With the recent lock out, the employees and customers of FortisBC have a lot in common.
FortisBC customers have seen their rates increase by 30% in just a few years, and with no other source for electricity, they’re forced to pay prices that dwarf those of BC Hydro.
Similarly, FortisBC has forced its 225 employees to pay a high price during contract negotiations; the company has locked them out depriving them and their families of a paycheque for over two months.
And like FortisBC customers, with no other electric utility in town, the highly skilled power line technicians and substation crews have nowhere else to go, and are being bullied by the large utility.
Another similarity is that for many customers the electric utility is imposing smart meters with no negotiation. FortisBC employees know what that is like as the company recently refused to continue negotiations with the union and mediator Vince Ready.
But while the company is raising rates and locking out its employees, it is paying its CEO $1.4 million, almost three times the earnings of BC Hydro’s CEO at $531,000 yet BC Hydro is more than double the size.
FortisBC customers and its IBEW employees deserve fair rates and fair wages, just one more thing they have in common.
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