Sask. premier ready to appoint special mediator in CRC and Unifor dispute

Marco Green
February 4, 2020

Unifor members have been locked out of the Co-op Refinery Complex since early December.

Premier Moe said during a news scrum at the SUMA convention in Regina that he thinks it's ironic Singh chose to pay a visit to the refinery and support oil and gas workers due to his stance on a low-carbon economy in Canada. "Profits before people, and they take no responsibility for causing this entire dispute to begin with", said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

He also said his party plans to bring forward anti-scab legislation at the federal level.

Late Friday FCL refused to even counter the unions proposal that included millions in savings to FCL, and instead asked for new concessions that include job cuts. Scott Banda blamed workers for expected fuel shortages that are the direct result of his decision to lock out loyal workers two months ago. "You can't have meaningful bargaining when your business is being held hostage".

"It is my strong belief that a negotiated settlement is in the best interest of both parties, and by removing the barricades and accepting the assistance of a special mediator at the negotiations, I believe both parties will be well served", Moe said addressing SUMA delegates on Monday morning. He said it's been frustrating that the blockade remains, despite the injunction.

Unifor did remove its blockades on Friday at the request of CRC, as they headed back to the bargaining table.

"This 60-day labour dispute is fueled by corporate greed as Co-op executive to try pad their billion-dollar year profits by stealing worker pensions", said Dias.

Currently, the Co-op employees' defined benefit pension is fully funded by the employer. "Today, I'm calling on CLC's affiliates to extend their support to these workers, and pressure the employer to bargain in good faith".

The two sides will appear in court twice over the next week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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