POWELL RIVER, BC (News release) -- Unifor members at three B.C. paper mills are welcoming news that a major paper manufacturer has stepped in to purchase the troubled Catalyst Paper.
"A vibrant forestry industry is pivotal to so many B.C. communities," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "B.C.'s pulp and paper industry is both environmentally sustainable and a source of good jobs."
All three Catalyst facilities in Crofton, Powell River, and Port Alberni will be sold to Paper Excellence, pending regulatory approval. A warehouse Richmond, B.C. is also part of the sale. Unifor says the NDP government was pivotal to keeping workers interests front-and-centre during the talks.
"The John Horgan government deserves a lot of credit for making sure that this sale happened in the best interests of all parties, including workers," said Mike Rumley, President of Unifor Local 76 in Powell River.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.