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Stora offers new contract


June 13, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Stora Enso proposed a new contract to the union representing more than 600 locked-out workers at its paper mill in …

Stora Enso proposed a new contract to the union representing more than 600 locked-out workers at its paper mill in Port Hawkesbury, NS.

Particulars of the deal have not been confirmed, but Stora stipulated in earlier negotiations that a 10% wage roll back would be a requisite to any contract. However, according to the CEP’s calculations, once other contract specifications are accounted for, the percentage will hover closer to the 14-18% mark.

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Stora earmarked June 24, 2006 as the deadline for the settlement of a contract. Should negotiations carry on past that date, the company said it will close the mill.

“We look forward to the union membership voting in favour of this offer,” Reuters reported Tor Suther, general mill manager and president as saying. “Acceptance of the offer is another crucial step towards reopening the mill in Port Hawkesbury.”


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