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Miramichi mill workers step it up


December 6, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Workers facing the closure of the kraft pulp mill in Miramichi are set to march out their frustration. On December…

Workers facing the closure of the kraft pulp mill in Miramichi are set to march out their frustration. On December 7th, employees will parade on the provincial capital in a demonstration designed to convince the government to extend its support in their efforts to keep the mill operating.

"At stake are the livelihoods of 400 families as well as the future of the entire Miramichi region and we think UPM Kymmene has a responsibility to work with us on this issue," lamented A.J. Dowling, president of Local 689 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

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"If they close the kraft mill, we think the government should take away UPM Kymmene’s right to harvest wood on Crown land," said Max Michaud, Atlantic Region Vice President of the CEP. "And that is the message we intend to deliver to legislators in Fredericton."

The delegation has lined up meetings with several members of the legislature and will rally in front of the legislature itself.

UPM Kymmene intends to close the kraft mill on January 31st.


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