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Domtar workers offer concessions


January 17, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Workers at Domtar’s Lebel-sur-Quvillon mill are looking to make contract concessions in an attempt to resume produ…

Workers at Domtar’s Lebel-sur-Quvillon mill are looking to make contract concessions in an attempt to resume production at the facility, and restore their jobs.

On November 24, the pulp mill closed its doors, leaving 425 people out of work. Now, those same workers are considering various options and concessions that might possibly convince owner Domtar to reopen the facility.

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“The morale of the workers is good, but they are ready to make concessions,” the Montreal Gazette reported Quebec Federation of Labour president Henri Mass as saying. “Without going into detailsthere were overtures to lift the co-management agreement, measures to reduce (overall salary) costs and accept some layoffs,” the Gazette further reported him as confirming. Domtar has yet to respond to the offer, and no date has been set for negotiations. According to the Gazette’s report, Domtar spokesperson Christian Tardiff has said the company will, “consider any plan that is reasonable,” and that it is looking for an agreement that will ensure room for flexibility and productivity.


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