Price cap not enough: CEP
February 13, 2006 By Pulp & Paper Canada
An announcement made last week by Ontario Energy Minister Donna Cansfield of a three year extension of the price ca…
An announcement made last week by Ontario Energy Minister Donna Cansfield of a three year extension of the price cap on electricity rates for large industrial users has the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ Union scoffing.
“This announcement preserves the status quo and it is the status quo situation which has cost more than 3,500 of our members their jobs in the last two years,” said Cecil Makowski, Ontario region vice-president of the CEP. “We need special provisions to reduce the energy bill for paper mills and other forest-based industries or we are going to have many more closures in the weeks to come.”
According to Statistics Canada, Ontario suffered the loss of upwards of 52,000 well-paying industrial jobs in 2005, the bulk of which were taken from the pulp and paper, auto and chemical sectors.
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