Union condemns Lanxess action, says energy policy needed

    TORONTO, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The union representing workers at Lanxess
Corporation says the company's surprise announcement that it will lay off
180 workers over the next two years "is a very poor way to treat people who
have dedicated their working lives to helping this company improve
productivity and become profitable."
    "This will have a severe impact, not only on the workers and their
families, but also on the economic backbone of Sarnia," adds Bob Huget,
Ontario Vice-President for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union
of Canada.
    "We will be working with Lanxess to get the best deal possible for our
members," he says, noting that many are nearing retirement and will have
difficulty finding comparable work in Sarnia.
    Mr. Huget also points out that this scenario is one that will be repeated
again and again unless the Premier of Ontario takes a stand on the high cost
of energy, one of the main reasons cited for the layoffs.
    "This is a reflection of the McQuinty Government's refusal to address the
fact that Ontario has the highest energy costs of any province. Downstream
industries, such as those in Ontario and Quebec should not be paying the price
for the high petro-dollar," he says.
    "While I have no problem with the Western provinces benefiting from the
high price of crude oil, no attention is being paid to the negative effects
this has on our industries.
    "We need a 'Made in Canada' energy policy to ensure that the Western
economy is not booming at the expense of its more easterly neighbours. We need
a strategic approach to this crisis, or we will simply continue to lose more
downstream industries."

For further information:

For further information: Bob Huget, (613) 299-9839

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