Striking Petro-Canada Workers Return


Petro-Canada announced last week that it had settled a six-month strike by 475 Toronto-area employees, including most production workers at its Mississauga lubricants factory.

A spokesman said the company managed the work stoppage without any disruptions to lubricant production, supply or delivery.

Our goals all along have been to avoid disruptions to operations or safety and to reach an agreement that allowed the return of our employees, Jon Hamilton said. Were pleased that we were able to achieve both of those goals.

The strike was initiated April 1 by Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada members employed at the Mississauga Lubes Centre and a terminal and a fuels refinery in nearby Oakville, as well as facilities in western Canada. Workers at the western facilities settled and returned to work during the summer.

The Toronto-area local unions continued their strike, complaining that management was trying to impose wage freezes and longer workdays that were not part of a national contract agreement reached in March.

Management kept facilities operating during the strike by hiring temporary workers. The lubricants plant, which employs 255 of the strikers, includes a 12,500-barrel-per-day base oil refinery and also produces finished lubricants.

Hamilton declined to discuss the specifics of the dispute or the settlement.

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