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Olymel makes final offer to keep plant open

Canadian pork producer Olymel has given unionised workers until tomorrow to decide whether to accept an offer that would keep a plant in Quebec open.

Olymel president Rejean Nadeau said if the workers do not accept the latest offer, the money-losing plant near Quebec City, will close down.


Earlier this month, 1,100 unionised workers at the plant voted 99% against a contract offer containing wage and benefit concessions.


Closure


In December 4th, Olymel announced the closure of two other Quebec plants next year, cutting almost 560 jobs, as the industry restructures due to global competition and a strong Canadian dollar.


Olymel accounts for 60% of Quebec pork production and employs 11,000 people at plants in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. The company ships about half its production to the US, Japan and Australia.


Related news items:
• Olymel asks for wage concessions (17 Jan 2007)
• Olymel to close two Quebec pork plants (05 Dec 2006)


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• Olymel


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