Port Hawkesbury workers vote ‘yes’ to contract offer
The unionized workers of the idled Port Hawkesbury paper mill in Nova Scotia have voted 85% in favour of their contract offer from Pacific West Commercial Corp.
This ‘yes’ vote brings the mill one step closer to reopening under its new owner.
Marc Dube, spokesman for Pacific West Commercial Corp. said he would now turn his attention to working with Nova Scotia Power regarding energy supply and costs and with government regarding fibre supply and a forest management plan.
Dube said they are facing a Nova Scotia Utilities and Review Board hearing in late June or early July, with the possibility that the mill could reopen in August if all outstanding matters are settled.
About 400 people were eligible to vote on the contract offer. 300 placed a vote, with 85.6% of voters in favour of the new 10-year contract.
“Our members did a lot of soul searching over the past couple of weeks,” said union spokesman Steve MacDougall. “Now that this is passed I hope people realize that the mill workers are not a greedy bunch and that we have taken this responsibility seriously.”
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