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Employer’s offer turned down


October 18, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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SFK Pulp management has filed a global offer of settlement with its employees. The move comes on the heels of expir…
SFK Pulp management has filed a global offer of settlement with its employees. The move comes on the heels of expired negotiations that attempted to renew the collective bargaining agreement for production and maintenance employees. The offer encompasses all the elements that formed the subject of an agreement last July between the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and Abitibi-Consolidated. The said agreement was chosen by the CEP as a reference in the context of negotiations surrounding a new collective bargaining agreement in the pulp and paper sector in eastern Canada.

The union executive committee recommended a turning down of the offer. SFK Pulp in turn filed a request for conciliation with the Ministre du Travail du Quebec. Following the union’s decision to turn down SFK Pulp’s offer, SFK Pulp management decided to postpone the biannual shutdown for major maintenance that was planned for the week of October 18, 2004. For the time being, the mill’s operations will continue as normal.

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