Olymel welcomes the imminent resumption of operations at its plant at Vallée-Jonction in the Beauce

VALLÉE-JONCTION, QC, April 3, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Olymel management is satisfied with the outcome of the vote by employees at its hog slaughterhouse and butchering plant in Vallée-Jonction in the Beauce who are members of the Union of Olymel Vallée-Jonction Workers (CSN). At today's assembly, 70% of employees ratified the final agreement reached on April 1 through negotiations conducted under the guidance of the Ministère du Travail conciliator. The new labour contract has a term of 6 years.

The two sides also agreed on a return-to-work protocol that will enable plant operations to resume gradually on two shifts, depending on hog volumes available and the product mix. Maintenance and sanitation work will be able to start today as supplies are expected to resume Monday evening, followed by slaughtering on Tuesday and butchering operations on Wednesday. As regards operational logistics, teams are already hard at work to ensure a supply of hogs at the facility.

"Olymel welcomes the resumption of operations and will do everything in its power to ensure that the Vallée-Jonction plant can resume normal business operations, and to maintain a calm working atmosphere at the facility. We are hopeful that, together with our employees and the union leaders, we have found the conditions that will allow this large facility to return to its place in our organization and continue to serve our markets and customers. I am confident that, thanks to the dedication of our teams already on site, we can recover the greater part of the deliveries we were forced to cancel in recent weeks," noted Olymel President and CEO Réjean Nadeau

The Olymel President and CEO also thanked the management staff and the negotiating team for their work in difficult circumstances. All management staff members who were laid off on March 30 will be recalled. Mr. Nadeau also thanked Olymel's customers and suppliers, and hog producers in particular, for their cooperation during the operations shutdown. Lastly, Mr. Nadeau expressed his gratitude to all those who helped minimize the adverse effects that could have arisen from the situation since March 18, and especially to Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec and its president David Boissonneault, who spared no effort in mobilizing all industry partners to reduce congestion in the slaughtering process.

The Olymel hog slaughterhouse, butchering and boning facility at Vallée-Jonction in the Beauce has more than 1,000 employees working on two shifts. Its operations generate major spin-offs for the region's economy and benefit a large number of producers and other suppliers. Located in the heart of a swine production area, it has a weekly slaughtering capacity of 35,000 pigs and manufactures boned products, various cuts of pork and fresh chilled pork. Much of its production volume is exported to foreign markets.

About Olymel

Olymel L.P. is Canada's leader in the production, processing and distribution of pork and poultry meats. The company has made feeding the world its mission, which it pursues passionately with products of impeccable quality. In carrying out its mission every day, Olymel relies on its tradition of maintaining a strong link between farm and table, as well as on innovation and attention to customer and consumer needs. The company employs close to 10,000 persons, including more than 7,000 in Quebec, and has large facilities in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Olymel exports nearly a third of its total sales, mainly to the United States, Japan and Australia, as well as over 60 other countries. Its annual sales are on the order of 2.8 billion dollars.


SOURCE Olymel l.p.

For further information: Richard Vigneault, Corporate Communications, (514) 497-1385, (450) 771-0400

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