Strike shuts down Tembec’s Temiscaming manufacturing complex

A four-year collective agreement expired on Sept. 30.

MONTREAL — Tembec has ceased operations at it Temiscaming, Que. industrial complex after 650 unionized workers represented by UNIFOR Union Local 233’s went on strike.

The complex is comprised of four main facilities manufacturing specialty pulp, high-yield pulp, multi-ply coated bleached board and powder and liquid phenolic resins. In addition to the production interruption, the company said the strike will delay commissioning activities on a high-pressure boiler and turbine.

New contract negotiations between Tembec and the union began in August 2014. A four-year collective agreement expired on Sept. 30.

Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products including lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose. It employs 3,500 people at locations in Canada and France.

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