ESPANOLA, ON, Feb. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - Unifor is working with Domtar to find solutions to the staffing levels that have resulted in the pulp mill's temporary shutdown.
"We're disappointed with Domtar's actions but we are doing everything we can to ensure that the mill is re-activated with safety in mind," said Scott Doherty, Unifor Assistant to the National President.
After steam plant staffing levels reached a critical low, some operations could no longer continue. The company later initiated a shutdown, forcing dozens of workers to stop working.
Unifor says that a shortage of trained and qualified operators has finally made it impossible to perform many operations safely. Despite these challenges, the union remains optimistic that the mill can be up and running again soon.
"This temporary shutdown is a hiring and training issue, which can be resolved if the employer acts quickly," said Doherty.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at [email protected] or 778-903-6549 (cell)