Olymel workers endorse new contract

by 5m Editor
14 February 2007, at 11:40am

CANADA - The Olymel pork slaughterhouse in Vallée-Jonction may be saved from closure after workers voted 62.2 per cent in favour of a new contract Tuesday.

Some 856 employees voted on the proposal drawn up by government-appointed mediator Jean Poirier, which includes benefits and wage concessions Olymel said it needs to make the money-losing plant profitable.

Olymel told workers in January they needed to accept salary and benefit reductions or it would shut down the plant and move operations to Alberta.

Employees rejected earlier contract adjustments three times before accepting Tuesday's deal, which includes a 30 per cent wage and benefit cut. The salary reductions won't come into effect until fall 2007.


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