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AbitibiBowater sticks to plan


September 15, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

It may not be popular, but AbitibiBowater is going ahead with its renewal plan anyway. The company confirmed that d…

It may not be popular, but AbitibiBowater is going ahead with its renewal plan anyway. The company confirmed that despite an overwhelming vote against the plan, changes including 170 layoffs and at its Grand Falls-Windsor facility will move ahead.

Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union members voted overwhelmingly against the plan at the start of September. However, a recent report by the Telegraph confirmed AbitibiBowater spokesman Jean-Philippe Cote as saying while discussions with CEP will take place in the near future, the company has no intention of making concessions to its plan.

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“Our willingness to speak is with the firm belief we can give back to the mill its competitive advantage,” the Telegraph reported Cote as saying. “If we don’t agree there is a problem, there is no solution.”

AbitibiBowater proposed the plan in an attempt to tackle problems of high labour and operational costs.


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