CSI Core Specialties in Quebec City - Final workweek



    QUEBEC CITY, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - On June 4 this week, the first set of
job cuts at CSI Core Specialties in Quebec City - part of a mass lay-off -
will begin. The cuts will continue through July 18, after which only a few
employees will remain in the press department. This company, which
manufactures and re-engineers cores for the pulp and paper industry, has
decided to transfer its operations to Ontario. "The employer is citing
problems with the building owner and high rent, which is eating away at its
profit margins, as reasons for these cuts. The fact, however - by the
employer's own admission in a meeting - is that their justification for the
move to Ontario is the appeal of lower wages and reduced transportation costs.
No recovery plan. No investments. They even refused assistance from the Fonds
de solidarité," said Réal Valiquette, Area Coordinator for the Syndicat des
Métallos (FTQ) in the Quebec City region.
    Eric Roberge, president of Local 6072, went on to explain that, two years
ago, workers had accepted a wage freeze and experienced job eliminations that
resulted in increased workloads. "We have consistently shown our good will, in
order to help the employer. Our products are of high quality. We have
expertise in this field. It's our efforts that have kept them in business. And
how do they thank us? By laying us off instead of investing in equipment and
making the business profitable in the marketplace. It's easier to move
operations."
    "This mass lay-off is another severe blow for the Quebec City region. CSI
Core Specialties, which used to be called 'SLM', has maintained a presence in
the Quebec City region for almost 50 years. They have, in the past, kept more
than 1,000 workers employed. We're asking the employer to change it mind and
work proactively to save the company and the jobs in this region. In the
meantime, we are preparing to support our members should we fail to come up
with a recovery plan," concluded Réal Valiquette.
    The average hourly wage is $14. Thirty workers are currently employed by
CSI Core Specialties. Local 6072 was the first unit established by the
Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ) in the Quebec City region.




For further information:

For further information: Réal Valiquette, USW/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ), (418) 628-8222


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