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Strike nears one month mark at Atlantic Packaging


October 11, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Roughly 148 employees at Atlantic Packaging will reach the one-month mark on the picket lines, in demonstration of …

Roughly 148 employees at Atlantic Packaging will reach the one-month mark on the picket lines, in demonstration of their protest against the company’s use of “labour pool” workers.

“The newsprint and tissue paper manufacturer uses the “labour pool” employees in the same way it employs full-time production workers except it pays them less money and provides no benefits,” said Ken Cole, president of Local 333 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

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The strike first started on September 12th, 2005, when, according to the CEP, Atlantic Packaging didn’t address local issues. As of now, no talks are scheduled to resolve the contention.

“The labour pool was initially implemented to provide relief to full-time workers to cover absences due to vacation and illness, however, the pool has grown to more than 20 individuals who follow the same schedule as regular employees and require the same qualifications and skills,” Cole explained.

The last strike at Atlantic Packaging in Whitby was in 1995 and lasted 17 days.


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