Operations & Management
Unifor concerned about RYAM’s announcement regarding Temiscaming mill assets
October 31, 2023 By P&PC Staff
Unifor has shared in a press statement that it is deeply concerned following the recent announcement that a firm of experts has been hired with a view of disposing of part of the assets of the RYAM mill located in Temiscaming, Quebec.
The union shared that it is also frustrated and dismayed at the manner in which this announcement was made on October 13, when union members and local officers alike, were informed of this major decision via a press release, without any prior consultation or discussion. This approach, according to Unifor, is reckless and insensitive and raises legitimate concerns among workers about the potential impact on their lives and on the local economy.
“With RYAM being the economic engine of the town of Temiscaming, every announcement regarding its future generates immediate economic concerns and repercussions. The lack of consideration for the union and the Temiscaming community in the way the announcement was made is unacceptable,” says Daniel Cloutier, Unifor’s Quebec director.
The union is demanding an urgent meeting with the company management to discuss the announced transfer. It stresses that the employer has an obligation of transparency towards its members and the population of Témiscaming.
The union adds in its statement that it firmly believes that open and constructive dialogue with the employer is essential to re-establish a bond of trust and find solutions that minimize the negative consequences of this divestiture for workers and the community. It is accordingly looking forward to discuss this situation as soon as possible and remains open to constructive dialogue for the well-being of its members and the community.
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