With Boat Harbour closure looming, union awaits notice on impact for employees

PICTOU, N.S. —

The union that represents Northern Pulp workers says it expects to receive notice by early January about how jobs will be impacted by a potential closure.

The mill is legislated to stop operations at the Boat Harbour treatment facility at the end of January 2020.

“The collective agreement requires the employer to give notice of a closure at the end of December if they’re going to close,” said Scott Doherty, executive assistant to Unifor national president Jerry Dias. “We haven’t received that yet, but we are expecting that they are going to give us that notice just because there’s no guarantee that they’re not going to have to shut down at some time in December or early January.”

At a press conference in Halifax last month, Dias pointed to the results of a Unifor funded study that indicated 2,700 potential job losses in the Nova Scotia forestry sector if the mill were to close.

Northern Pulp cannot operate without an effluent treatment facility.

Given that the company has not yet received provincial approval to begin construction of a new treatment facility, and with the deadline fast approaching, Dias has urged Premier Stephen McNeil to give temporary permits to begin construction on the facility while Northern Pulp continues through the environmental approval process.

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