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Fibrek reaches agreement with union


May 31, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A new collective agreement between the union and Fibrek is expected to improve productivity at the NBSK mill by providing more flexibility for the maintenance department and reorganizing the workforce.

A new collective agreement between the union and Fibrek is expected to improve productivity at the NBSK mill by providing more flexibility for the maintenance department and reorganizing the workforce.

Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP, local 24-Q) voted in favour of a new collective bargaining agreement based on the agreement in principle concluded last April 29 with Fibrek. The new labour conditions are retroactive to May 1, 2009 and will be effective until April 30, 2014.

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“This agreement is the result of a long process. The negotiations unfolded in a climate of respect, cooperation and transparency that reflects our corporate values. I applaud the openness and pragmatism shown by the union representatives throughout the negotiations. Together, we concluded an agreement that meets both parties’ needs,” said Pierre Gabriel Côté, president and CEO of Fibrek.

The agreement contains several measures to improve the mill’s productivity. Both parties will work closely to achieve greater flexibility in the maintenance department, to reorganize the workforce and to improve employee training and development.

Fibrek operates one NBSK mill in St-Felicien, Que., plus two mills in the U.S.


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