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Co-op Refinery workers vote overwhelmingly for strike action

Don Horne   


Around 800 union members at the Co-op Refinery in Canada’s Regina, Sask. region have voted in favour of a strike action, Unifor said today, after mediation talks broke down last month.

Refinery management and workers have been locked in a dispute for months over pension contributions.

Unifor 594, the union representing the workers, had earlier entered mediation talks with Federated Co-operatives Ltd (FCL) that collapsed last month.

According to Reuters, the members voted 97.3 per cent in favour of striking if necessary.


The union said its position is unchanged since the break down of mandatory mediation on Nov. 12 and it remains open to changing pension liabilities “but will not budge on pension security for every worker.”

The Co-op Refinery has the capacity of 135,000 barrel per day.



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