Strike ends at Rogers’ Montreal sugar refinery

(Lantic.ca)

Workers at Rogers Sugar’s Montreal refinery have voted to ratify a new five-year agreement and will return to work “within the next few hours,” ending their strike, the company said Sunday.

The plant, which has about 200 unionized workers, represented by le Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs de Sucre Lantic (FC-CSN), will resume “all production activities” and return to business as usual “as soon as possible,” the company said in a release.

Members of the plant’s operation and maintenance group had been on strike since Tuesday, following a breakdown in talks that had been underway since March. Rogers’ previous three-year contract with FC-CSN expired at the end of February.

“We are extremely pleased that, together, we were able to find a compromise in order to reach a satisfactory outcome for both parties,” John Holliday, CEO of Rogers subsidiary Lantic, which operates the Montreal plant, said Sunday.

“Over the next few months, we will be working hard at strengthening our relationship with the union and its members.”

The refinery has capacity to produce about 440,000 tonnes per year of sugar. A Rogers spokesperson had told Reuters on Tuesday that the company’s contingency plan would have included dipping into inventory and/or shifting production to its other facilities.

Rogers also has a cane refinery at Vancouver and a sugar beet processing facility at Taber, Alta., about 50 km east of Lethbridge. — AGCanada.com Network

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