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Petro-Can faces impending strike

CALGARY, Alta. - Petro-Canada has been served with a strike notice by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEPU).Petro-Canada and the union are negotiating the renewal of colle...


CALGARY, Alta. – Petro-Canada has been served with a strike notice by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEPU).

Petro-Canada and the union are negotiating the renewal of collective agreements for refineries in several locations.

These include: Montreal, Edmonton, and Oakville, Ont. As well product terminals at Oakville and Port Moody, B.C.; natural gas processing plants at Wildcat Hills, Hanlan and Brazeau, all in Alberta; and a lubricants plant in Mississauga may also be impacted.

“Petro-Canada respects and is committed to the ongoing bargaining process and our top priority is the successful conclusion of these negotiations,” says Andrew Stephens, vice-president of refining and supply.

“Petro-Canada hopes that a negotiated settlement will be achieved in a timely manner,” Stephens adds.

If the company’s actions are any indication, it may be a long work stoppage. Petro-Can insists it is committed to maintaining supply to its customers. To that end, the company began training replacement workers in early January as what it calls, “a precautionary measure.” n


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