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PPWC union rejects Crofton mill contract offer

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld North Cowichan’s right to tax the Crofton mill the way it has. - Andrew Leong/file
The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld North Cowichan’s right to tax the Crofton mill the way it has.
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PPWC union members at Crofton mill rejected a contract offer — crucial to Catalyst Paper's financial restructuring — during weekend voting, a union spokesperson said.

Some 400 members of the Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada nixed the tentative five-year deal with a 58 per cent rejection vote staged Saturday at the Crofton Community Hall.

Under that restructuring, Catalyst needs fresh contracts by Tuesday, Jan. 31 with both its unions at Crofton, including the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union that has about 100 members working at Crofton.

PPWC brass declined further comment Sunday.

Calalyst agents were unavailable for comment.

The contract offer was part of a complex restructuring Calayst's is doing while struggling with massive debt and low market shares.

It was unknown Sunday how talks are progressing with the CEP.

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