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Deadline for Port Hawkesbury


June 5, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Stora Enso and its union have until June 24, 2006 to settle the labour dispute at the Port Hawkesbury pulp mill, th…

Stora Enso and its union have until June 24, 2006 to settle the labour dispute at the Port Hawkesbury pulp mill, the NB Telegraph-Journal reported.

The company met with its board members on May 31, to identify possible solutions to the dispute that has kept workers locked out of their mill, and a job, for nearly four months. Talks with the union are scheduled to resume on June 7.

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The Telegraph-Journal further reported Stora as confirming it has identified several, critical issues that could potentially restart the mill. Included in this list is a $65 million, seven-year deal with Stora that would free the province of Nova Scotia from a requirement to provide the company with access to 80,000 hectares of Crown land. It is also hoped that changes recently made to a tax deal will help the mill keep its head above water.

The statement additionally confirmed that all non-union employees will accept a 10% pay cut, and according to the Telegraph-Journal, the province has agreed to phase out the tax on capital investment.

Stora Enso has listed taxes, power rates, and reaching an agreement with its workers as issues that must be resolved prior to the mill restarting.


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