Quebec plant closes down after employees' 'no'
A pork plant south of Quebec City, Canada, will close
down after employees voted against concessions to save their
Olymel, the plant's owner, will now follow through on warnings that it will
close the money-losing facility.
The 862 workers present at an union
meeting voted 97% against wage and benefit concessions to keep their jobs at the
plant. Altogether the plant employs 1,100
Lucien Bouchard, the province's former
prime minister, who is acting as the company's negotiator, described the
workers' decision as 'incomprehensible,' as the plant had lost US $42 million in
"It is very unfortunate that we were unable to convince
the workers of the gravity of the situation," he said.
president Rejean Nadeau also said he was baffled by the
Averting a shutdown
The workers had adopted a proposal to
continue negotiations to try to avert the shutdown planned for
A union official said the concessions would have cost each
employee more than US $10,000 on a yearly basis - his idea is to keep
discussions about the plant's future going for a while.
this month, the unionised workers at the plant voted 99% against an offer
containing wage and benefit concessions.
â€¢ Olymel makes final offer to keep plant open (29 Jan
asks for wage concessions (17 Jan 2007)
Olymel to close two Quebec pork plants (5 Dec 2006)
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