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Unifor members applaud sale of Catalyst Paper to Paper Excellence


October 11, 2018
By P&PC Staff/Unifor

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October 11, 2018 – Members of Unifor, the union representing workers at the three B.C. paper mills involved in the recent sale of Catalyst Paper to Paper Excellence, have released a statement regarding the acquisition. 

“A vibrant forestry industry is pivotal to so many B.C. communities,” says Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president. “B.C.’s pulp and paper industry is both environmentally sustainable and a source of good jobs.”

All three Catalyst facilities inCrofton,Powell River, andPort Alberniwill be sold to Paper Excellence, pending regulatory approval. A warehouseRichmond, B.C.is also part of the sale. Unifor says the B.C. government was pivotal to keeping workers interests front-and-centre during the talks.

“The John Horgan government deserves a lot of credit for making sure that this sale happened in the best interests of all parties, including workers,” saysMike Rumley, president of Unifor Local 76 inPowell River.

The B.C. government has assured that all 1,500 employees affected by the sale will retain their jobs.