QUEBEC CITY, April 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Of the 92 Steelworkers working for
Nexans in Quebec City, 71% voted yesterday to accept the company's most recent
offer, thus ending a strike that had begun on July 13. "We salute the courage
of our members, who resisted the company's attempts to impose cutbacks, to the
pension plan in particular. The ball is now in Nexans' court - they must
improve working relations and modernize the plant," declared Michel Arsenault,
Director of the Quebec district for the United Steelworkers (USW)
union/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ).
The new labour contract will remain effective for a five-year period. At
the end of the collective agreement, the average hourly wage will be $26. The
insurance and defined benefit pension plans have also been enhanced. "Our
members are highly skilled. They work miracles with the outdated technology
that's still in use at this facility. Increased productivity is the result of
investments such as those made by Nexans a few years ago, in its Saskatchewan
plant," continued Gordon Ringuette, labour representative at the USW/FTQ.
Daniel Lapointe, head of the local union, added that a major management
problem existed at the local level. "The senior management of this French
multinational, who are based in Paris, must focus very seriously on this
aspect of the conflict," he said.
The facility specializes in the production of electrical cables. The
union's members will return to work on April 16.
For further information:
For further information: Michel Arsenault, USW/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ), (514) 850-2240; Gordon Ringuette, USW/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ),
(418) 628-8222, (418) 952-2545