Crofton paper mill workers anxious over another delayed restart

Unifor Canada
August 30, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Unionized workers at the Paper Excellence paper mill in Crofton are getting increasingly anxious over a delayed restart of the mill. In May, Paper Excellence said it would curtail the mill for the month of June, citing market conditions. …“This is the third time Paper Excellence has announced a shutdown extension since May 2023, when a 30-day curtailment was planned,” the union said in a press release. “The last thing forestry workers need right now is more uncertainty,” said Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle. “Our members need to know when they’ll be back on the job. Workers don’t have the luxury of curtailing their bills.” Pulp and paper mill workers in B.C. have good reason to worry about indefinite or temporary closures becoming permanent. Since 2020, a number of sawmills have been permanently shuttered in B.C., and these closures have begun to drag pulp and paper mills down with them.

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