Lockout at the WestRock plant in La Tuque
WestRock factory workers are on lockdown.
In La Tuque, 250 employees of the WestRock plant were locked out by the employer after voting for a 24-hour strike mandate. Negotiations have been underway since Tuesday morning, in the presence of a conciliator.
The employer's offers do not meet the expectations of our members. It's a stalemate on monetary offers, said Unifor union national representative Steeve St-Pierre.
The average salary is currently between $34 and $36 per hour at the factory.
At midnight on Tuesday, employees had planned to stop production for 24 hours and they were finally locked out. Of the 250 locked out workers, about 20 are office workers.
Out of concern for the safety of our employees, we have locked out union members when #x27;they went on strike. We hope this is resolved quickly and continue to negotiate, WestRock management said by email, without specifying when it will end the lockout.
The employees have shut down the machines at the plant, but say they can open quickly if there is an agreement.
The workers have been without a contract since August 31, 2022. The labor dispute erupted after the employer submitted its offer for the renewal of the collective agreement.
Union representative Steeve St-Pierre believes that the employer will have to improve its offers for them to be accepted. [Our members] are in the area, there is a shortage of labor and they expect to have winning conditions to attract and retain the workforce that is currently at the plant, he said.
WestRock is one of the biggest employers in La Tuque.
With information by Amélie Desamarais and the interview on the show Toujours le matin
Steeve St-Piere, the union representative, in an interview on the show < em>Always in the morning