Maritime Paper workers poised to strike

Here is a press release from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The workers are now on strike.

HALIFAX – CEP members at Local 1520 in Dartmouth, N.S., are poised to become the latest victims of labour unrest in the Halifax area. The 100 workers at Maritime Paper will go on strike this Friday, March 9th, unless the employer backs down on its concession demands.

The members, who have been in a legal strike position since Feb. 18th, voted yesterday in favor of strike action by an overwhelming majority of 90 per cent.

The company is making demands for concessions on pensions, benefits an flexibility around scheduling, with no explanation of its rationale.

Last year, Maritime Paper Products received a $2.1-million term loan and a four-year $201,375 payroll rebate, tied to the company maintaining its 118 full-time production employees. At the time, the Premier Darrel Dexter touted the investment as an opportunity for the company to “secure high-value jobs for Nova Scotians.”

MORE INFORMATION: Kim Power, CEP National Representative 1-902-229-3511 cell

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