The union representing 600 workers at Tembec’s operations in Temiscaming, Que., will fight announced layoffs taking effect June 20.
Roger Gauthier, president of Unifor Local 233, said the cuts do not fall within the provisions of the collective agreement between Unifor and Tembec.
“We were told the move was to reduce costs . . . but based on our labour agreement, that is not a condition for layoffs,” he said.
The company announced Monday it will eliminate 24 positions on the Temiscaming fibreline operations team while five new operations positions will be created.
But Gauthier said layoffs can only come into effect for changes in technology or automation, for a total mill or departmental shutdown, for a temporary shutdown of operations, in response to an act of God, for administrative dismissal or for attrition following a voluntary departure.