/R E P E A T -- News Advisory - Forest workers to rally at AbitibiBowater in Montreal, Friday, May 15, at 12h30/



    MONTREAL, May 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Hundreds of forestry workers from across
Canada, and their supporters, will converge at AbitibiBowater headquarters at
1155 Metcalfe St., in downtown Montreal, on Friday, May 15, at 12h30.
    Members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union representing
about 250 forestry Locals from Newfoundland to B.C. are in Montreal this week
to plan a national fight-back campaign to save forest jobs, pensions and
communities.
    The union is putting employers on notice that it will not take
concessions, and it is demanding that the federal government step up to the
plate with loan guarantees that will put a stop to permanent mill closures and
protect jobs.
    Speakers at the rally include Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe, NDP
Leader Jack Layton, Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti, and CAW
President Ken Lewenza.
    "Workers are not responsible for the crisis in the forest industry, but
we are the ones facing demands for cuts to our wages and pensions," says CEP
President Dave Coles. "We think it is unfair that a company like
AbitibiBowater can use CCAA protection to avoid paying severance and making
payments to the pension plan."




For further information:

For further information: Michelle Walsh, (613) 230-5800 ext. 222, (613)
858-9144 (cell)

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