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Marathon Pulp mill employees asked to make concessions


October 24, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Employees at Marathon Pulp have one week to decide if they will accept severe slashes to wages and benefits, a rece…

Employees at Marathon Pulp have one week to decide if they will accept severe slashes to wages and benefits, a recent report by the ChronicleJournal confirmed.

The company put forward a proposal that included at 12% wage cut, as part of a plan to ensure the mill stays up and running. Employees are being asked to cast a decision on the proposal only six months before the operation’s Steelworkers’ union contract expires, the ChronicleJournal reported. That five-year contract included some concessions and small wage increases.

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Marathon Pulp, jointly owned by Tembec and Kruger, churns out Northern Bleach Softwood Kraft pulp, and provides employment to roughly 300 people. The facility underwent major upgrades in 1983, and produces 186,000 tonnes of product per year.


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