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Laying down the law


January 24, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A court injunction granted to UPM Miramichi has set limitations for picketing at the company’s facility in Miramich…

A court injunction granted to UPM Miramichi has set limitations for picketing at the company’s facility in Miramichi. The decree pertains to the strike being carried out by Local 689 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union, whose picketers have allegedly become a public safety concern. The mill has a total of five gates, which are accessible from the highway. Strikers are demonstrating at all of them. The court injunction took into account the impact the strike has had on commercial traffic, and found the delay of vehicles entering and leaving the property went beyond the limits the law imposes on striking picketers. Under the terms of the injunction, the union is now limited to having a maximum of six picketers at any one time at the three primary gates to the property. The court order also prohibits picketers from obstructing cars entering or exiting the mill site.

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