Manitoba Hydro employees going on strike

Manitoba Hydro power lines are photographed just outside Winnipeg, Monday, May 1, 2018. Manitoba's Crown-owned energy utility is now forecasting a deficit because of ongoing dry conditions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods. JGW

Around 230 natural gas employees from Manitoba Hydro are set to strike, starting at 6:30 a.m. Friday.

According to the Crown corporation, non-emergency services will be delayed due to a labour dispute, but contingency plans will ensure they are ready for any emergency situations.

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Customers calling Manitoba Hydro for problems with their natural gas appliances will be directed to a local repair shop, and any water heater exchanges or inspections will be rescheduled.

Hydro says it will continue negotiations with employees to hopefully minimize the strike’s effect on customers.

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