CEP calls on Premier to reverse paper procurement policy

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario head of the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada says recently announced government
procurement policy in regards to paper is "tantamount to kicking an industry
in crisis while it is down."
    "The Ontario Government uses thousands of tons of paper annually and we
think all suppliers should be given equal access to that business. Instead,
the Government has arbitrarily issued new rules on certification processes
which eliminate 90% of Ontario companies from bidding for the work," said Cec
Makowski, CEP's Ontario Region Vice-President.
    "So, while companies are in financial dire straights, thousands of paper
workers are jobless and dozens of communities are in crisis. Queen's Park
decides this is a good time to unilaterally cut off access to this important
business for most of the companies."
    "Premier McGuinty and Natural Resources Minister David Ramsey should
immediately intervene to overturn this decision," Mr. Makowski added. "What we
need in this sector is a strong message of hope for the future, not
restrictive policies which are tantamount to kicking an industry in crisis
while it is down."

For further information:

For further information: Cec Makowski, (905) 371-6297

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