Court rules against the Victims of Brookfield
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is disappointed a court decision has blocked a civil suit in Quebec against the Directors of Fraser Papers.
The CEP is representing Fraser Papers retirees from Quebec and New Brunswick who had their pensions cut by up to 40% when their employer filed for bankruptcy protection.
The pensioners claimed the directors of the former Fraser Papers were grossly negligent in their management of the pension plan.
Fraser Papers was majority-owned by Brookfield Asset Management which organized the restructuring of Fraser Papers to escape its pension obligations.
“We were taken advantage of by a multi-million dollar corporation,” says Clyde Winchester, president of the Edmundston retirees association, and one of the victims of Brookfield. “Our politicians, also our lawmakers let it happen and now the judicial system is failing us.”
“This decision reveals again how broken and unfair our pension system is” said CEP President Dave Coles. “We are very disappointed in the decision on the Quebec case and we regret that our Quebec members cannot pursue this case against the Fraser Brookfield Directors. However we will continue to pursue every legal and political opportunity in New Brunswick and Quebec to win a measure of justice.”
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