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Union lashes out at energy plan


November 14, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Communications, Energy and Paperworker’s union is not happy. The CEP is lashing out at the McGuinty government …

The Communications, Energy and Paperworker’s union is not happy. The CEP is lashing out at the McGuinty government for what it called a ‘shamefaced attempt to be seen to ease the competitive pressures on the province’s beleaguered forest sector, by forcing forest companies to agree to fixed costs for energy consumption.’

In response to an announcement of a reduced energy cost agreement, expected to come next week, the union says the deal was struck with the aid of ‘arm-twisting’ and black-mailing.’ The CEP has been calling for $45 electricity rates, and as vice president Cec Makowski said, “the plan is to announce a rate well over $45 per megawatt, which is what industry, union and community leaders say is required to rejuvenate the sector.”

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“This will do absolutely nothing to help the forest sector, and will in fact, put it in further jeopardy,” he said. “The government promised to make this announcement five months ago, so this arm-twisting is taking place in a more vulnerable setting.”


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