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Union to fight Fort William closure


June 20, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A plan to close the Fort William paper mill in Corpach, Scotland has the Amicus trade union up in arms. The closure…

A plan to close the Fort William paper mill in Corpach, Scotland has the Amicus trade union up in arms. The closure, which could happen as early as September 2005, would mean the loss of 126 jobs.

The mill is owned by ArjoWiggins, run by the Italian Fiat owning Agnelli family, who blames the decline in the carbonless paper market for the potential closure.

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Amicus has said it will fight plans to close the mill and will work with the company to try and find an alternative to job cuts or the permanent shutdown of the mill.

"This is a devastating blow to our members at the plant and to the wider community as the Fort William Mill is one of the biggest employers in the area," said Amicus regional officer Louisa Ball. "We will be insisting that every possible option and alternative is explored before closure is considered."


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