SARNIA, ON, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Basell's announced closure of its
polypropelene facility here is but "one more example of Canadian jobs being
flushed southward" while our governments ponder their navel, says the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.
"Jobs in Sarnia, across Ontario and throughout Canada are disappearing by
the thousands but our provincial and federal governments don't seem to feel
there is any crisis," said Bob Huget CEP Administrative Vice President in a
"Basell is but the latest example of a multi-national corporation running
its Canadian production facilities into the ground and then pulling up stakes
to the U.S. or Mexico. The unemployment lines across Canada are full of
victims of the exact same kind of corporate irresponsibility.
"We need to stop making it easy for companies like Basell and Dow
Chemical to shut down their Canadian operations and shifting production
Mr. Huget was commenting on the announcement Friday that Basell will
cease production of polypropelene, used broadly in various industries, next
Spring putting some 45 Sarnia residents out of work.
"We need to put export restrictions on our crude oil and natural gas to
the U.S. and start using them to keep and create value added jobs right here
in Canada," Mr. Huget said. "And we need our provincial and federal
governments to fight for Ontario and Canadian jobs. Sarnia is a good place to
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For further information: Bob Huget, (613) 299-9839