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August 30, 2005 By Pulp & Paper Canada
As of 2007, the London Free Press will be printed at a new press located near Toronto. The facility, which cost the…
As of 2007, the London Free Press will be printed at a new press located near Toronto. The facility, which cost the paper’s owner Quebecor $10 million, will be able to produce a total of three papers, The London Free Press, the Toronto Sun and 24 Hours, a free commuter daily in Toronto.
The transition will see the slashing of 180 jobs at the Free Press, which the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union has labeled, "terrible."
"This decision could not be worse for London and Ontario," said CEP Ontario vice president Cecil Makowski. "Quebecor is attempting to spin this decision as a good news story resulting in investment in its Toronto plant, but it is cold comfort for employees in London and for the community which will lose up to 180 jobs."
According to the London Free Press, moving the paper’s printing operations will culminate in the elimination of 320 job losses in Toronto. However, the 200 positions that will open up at the new plant in Islington, near Toronto, are expected to alleviate some of this pressure. However, and as the Free Press indicated, maintenance workers, millwrights, electricians, and people working to insert flyers into the papers will also lose their jobs as a result.
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