Tentative agreement reached between CEP and Expertech



    OTTAWA, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - In order to avoid the closure of the
company, a tentative agreement has been reached between the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) and Expertech. If Union members
ratify this agreement, the closing procedure announced by the Company earlier
last week would stop, thus safeguarding over a thousand jobs. It must be noted
that negotiations were carried out over the weekend following the Union's
demand for an emergency meeting with the Employer's shareholders in order to
resolve the deadlock.
    Ratification meetings will be held over the next few days. CEP will
recommend acceptance of the tentative agreement. No information on the terms
of the agreement will be disclosed before the ratification meetings take
place.
    The parties to this agreement have been involved in negotiations to renew
the collective agreement since last fall. At the beginning of last week, when
workers had rejected the Employer's offer for the second time, Expertech
announced and initiated the complete closing down of the Company.




For further information:

For further information: John Edwards, CEP-Ontario Administrative
Vice-president, Cell phone: (416) 606-2595

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