Evraz Camrose Works Locks Out Local 551 Members

May 8, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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Pipeline manufacturer Evraz Camrose Works has locked out workers at its plant in Camrose, Alberta.

The company locked out members of CAW Local 551 on May 5 including trades persons, machine operators and labourers in an attempt to extract pension, retiree benefits and other concessions from the workforce.

"Despite a recent collective agreement with a sister plant the company continues to refuse to offer a fair and equitable agreement for our members," said CAW national representative Todd Romanow. At an emergency meeting on May 4 the membership unanimously endorsed the bargaining committees 'recommendation not to accept the company's last offer.

Romanow said the CAW bargaining committee remains determined to negotiate an agreement and urged the company to return to the bargaining table.

The CAW contract with Evraz expired on February 1, 2012 and negotiations have been ongoing since November 2011. Evraz manufactures tubular goods and line pipe for the oil and natural gas industries.

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