For the viability and sustainability of oil sands operations the main factor to secure future operation is the reduction in the cost of operations which will lead to higher net benefit to the company, employees and shareholders. In the current environment and even in a different growth environment, it is prudent and beneficial to cut spending and let the workers own the company by action. If the WTI price average $80 or lower the company should be in a position to sustain it's operation, developments and dividend without nagging. It's time for companies to hire skilful workers, train and compensate them on merits not on demand only.
CNQ is another example, today they are complaining, at least Syncrude showed a good result lately and that's after everybody complained.