MONTREAL, Dec. 10, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Tembec reached a settlement with its Temiscaming Site employees who, tonight, voted to end the strike. Employees will return to work gradually as of tomorrow and operations should return to normal in the coming days. The employees were on strike since November 26, 2014.
The settlement consists of a four-year agreement to expire in September 2018. The financial impact of the work stoppage, including additional site security and access measures, is estimated to be approximately $5 million and will reduce the reported operating earnings and adjusted EBITDA for December 2014 quarter by that amount. In addition, the Temiscaming Cogen project turbine is now scheduled to produce contract power by mid-January 2015, a delay of approximately one month from the previously scheduled date. The strike combined with the mandatory two-week construction holidays in the Province of Quebec during the Holiday Season have led to this revised schedule.
The site in Temiscaming employs 850 people of which 650 are unionized and comprises four main facilities manufacturing specialty pulp, high-yield pulp, multi-ply coated bleached board, phenolic resins and lignosulfonates.
Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products – lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose – and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Principal operations are in Canada and France. Tembec has approximately 3,500 employees and annual sales of approximately $1.6 billion. Tembec is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TMB).
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For further information: Michel Dumas, Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Tel.: 819 627-4268, [email protected]; Linda Coates, Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, Tel.: 416 775-2819, [email protected]