Volvo Settles

Halifax, N.S.

November 5, 1998


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Volvo Settles
Volvo Settles
dated November 5, 1998

Volvo Settles
Halifax N.S. Oct. 22, 1998
The CAW members at the Volvo plant in Halifax, Nova Scotia have won their fight with the company for a decent severance package. The key to getting the agreement was the willingness of the members to take it to the line. They barricaded themselves inside the plant until the company agreed to come back to the negotiating table.

Larry Wark
CAW National Rep. Halifax N.S.

"I don't think we would have gotten this out of the management team at Volvo had we not gone into the occupation. It's one of those things that you use as your tool of last resort, but obviously in this case here we knew that we were getting the run around and if we didn't do that we were going to be up the well on December 17th. So it was either do something now and force them to bargain while we still had some power left to bargain or wait until close to the end where we had no power and then it would have been a what you see is what you get."

On October 21st a group of CAW members blockaded the Volvo plant, demanding a fair severance package. After first refusing to negotiate, the company finally came to the table. The end result was a better deal for the 163 CAW members at the plant.

Larry Wark
CAW National Rep. Halifax N.S.

"At the beginning only 13 people qualified to go without a penalty on their pension plan. That number has now gone from 13 to 45 people whom can now retire without a penalty on their pension. We improved their severance package by another three additional months, or about on average about eight thousand dollars per person and up."

Halifax N.S. Nov. 2, 1998
Production at the Volvo plant is continuing until December 17th when the Swedish company abandons production in Canada. As for the future of the plant, a task force including representatives from the CAW is now looking for a company to buy the facility. They hope the combination of the bricks and mortar along with the highly trained and skilled work force will attract a new manufacturing company.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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