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Look to government, not employees, say Abitibi workers


October 24, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Abitibi-Consolidated should be looking to the government for concessions and not its employees, the CBC recently re…

Abitibi-Consolidated should be looking to the government for concessions and not its employees, the CBC recently reported workers at the Stephenville mill as saying.

Proposed wage freezes and the contracting out of particular services prompted the brusque end to a meeting held on October 20th between company officials, when union leaders staunchly refused to meet the company’s suggested concessions.

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Although plans to close the Stephenville mill later this week are still in the works, the union is working with Abitibi on last ditch attempts to keep the facility up and running.

According to the CBC, the Communications, Energy and Paperworker’s Union is hopeful that an offer from the provincial government will prove adequate to keep the mill open. Details of what the province intends to offer have yet to be released.

Although Abitibi has requested certain accommodations in terms of securing energy for its mill, the CEP claims to be surprised by the company’s request of concessions on behalf of its employees.

The CBC further reported that many Stephenville residents, unable financially to wait for a decision to be reached regarding the future of the mill, have already moved away to accept positions in other towns.


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