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Lockout imminent in Port Hawkesbury


January 2, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The possibility of a lockout at Stora Enso’s mill in Port Hawkesbury is looming.

The possibility of a lockout at Stora Enso’s mill in Port Hawkesbury is looming.

According to Canadian Press, managers at the plant have filed notice that they plan to lock out the mill’s 600 employees starting January 3rd.

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CP further reported that although company and union representatives do plan to meet on that day in an effort to establish a conditional contract deal, should those talks collapse, the lockout will come into effect right away.

The two sides have been hacking away at trying to reach an agreement for the past 19 months. The mill itself has been idle since December 24th, 2005.

According to CP, the company issued a statement declaring the lockout notice was necessary because of ‘uncertainties surrounding the threat of an imminent strike.’

Mill workers rejected Stora Enso’s latest contract offer last week.


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