‘Left in lurch:’ Crofton crew faces extended mill shutdown

By Darron Kloster
Vancouver Sun
September 2, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

A union representing workers at the Catalyst Crofton pulp and paper mill says they’re being “left in the lurch” after a startup was delayed by another month.  The 60 workers represented by Unifor Local 1132 and the nearly 400 from Public and Private Workers of Canada Local 2 received notice a planned startup this week wasn’t going to happen due to continuing poor market conditions for the mill’s paper products.  . …Tanner McQuarrie, president of Unifor Local 1132, said the mill has only been operating for about two and half months since January, and the spotty schedule has left many workers struggling to pay the bills and wondering about their long-term future in the industry.  …Blair Dickerson, vice-­president of public affairs for Paper Excellence Canada, said in a statement the ­curtailments have been in response to “extraordinarily weak pulp and paper prices related to the global economy.”

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