QUEBEC, Feb. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - It is with great displeasure that the 52
workers, members of United Steelworkers (FTQ), learned of the final closing of
the Nexans Canada plant in Quebec this morning. "Quebec workers are paying the
price of the company's North American reorganization. We're going to do
everything we can to improve the closing conditions for our members", stated
Réal Valiquette, regional coordinator for United Steelworkers (FTQ).
"We're asking the company to conduct itself responsibly like a good
corporate citizen and help us assist our members through these very
challenging and difficult circumstances. We presented the employer with very
specific requests to improve and make better what is already in the collective
agreement. Some of our members have more than thirty years of service",
continued Gordon Ringuette, union representative for United Steelworkers
"When we renewed our collective agreement in 2004, we accepted an
18-month work contract with a commitment to improve productivity. We also
negotiated multi-skilled trade qualification. In consideration, the employer
agreed to invest further. In the current economic context, this was fatal.
This represents the loss of quality jobs for the city of Quebec. Our members
were proud unionist, active with United Steelworkers since 1965", noted Daniel
Lapointe, president of local section 6687.
The company manufactures electric transmission cables. It had been
operating in Quebec since 1963. The company, with its head office located in
Paris, had four plants in Canada and three in the U.S.A. It will be shutting
down the Quebec plant permanently.
For further information:
For further information: Réal Valiquette, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ),
(418) 628-8222; Gordon Ringuette, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ), (418) 628-8222;
Daniel Lapointe, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ), local section 6687, (418)