Rogers Sugar Announces Strike Action At Its Vancouver Refinery

Published online: Nov 28, 2023 News
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Vancouver, Canada – Rogers Sugar Inc. announced that Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) Local 8 has initiated strike action following a failure to agree on terms for a new collective agreement for its members at the Vancouver refinery. The existing collective agreement expired on Feb. 28, 2023.

In the time since the expiration of the existing agreement, the company and PPWC Local 8 have met several times with the objective of reaching a new collective agreement. On Sept. 25, 2023, PPWC Local 8 issued a 72-hour strike notice to the company to take effect at Sept. 28, 2023 at 11:43 a.m. Pacific Time.

In advance of this deadline, Rogers Sugar made the decision to idle the Vancouver plant, to ensure an orderly shutdown process that ensures the safety of all employees and the security of its facilities and operations.

Communications between the parties are on-going and the company is optimistic about the potential to achieve an equitable agreement that benefits all participants. Rogers Sugar will provide updates as the situation progresses.

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