Canada: Paper mill workers end wildcat strike

St. Anne Nackawic mill
St. Anne Nackawic mill

Staff at the Nackawic paper mill returned to work on Tuesday following an unofficial walkout over hiring practices.

Submitted by Steven. on March 9, 2007

The Canadian Press reported that the wildcat strike that stopped operations at the AV Nackawic mill in New Brunswick ended at noon on Tuesday 6 March.

Local 219 of the Canadian Auto Workers walked out Monday afternoon, leaving a few hourly workers to maintain the boilers at the mill in Nackawic. Tembec Birla bought the mill after St. Anne Nackawic went bankrupt in September 2004.

The new collective agreement does not recognize seniority regarding hiring, and reports indicate the walkout was related to hiring practices.

Mill spokesman Al Danroth says the strike violated the collective bargaining agreement and the company will pursue legal action.