Unifor disappointed after Co-op Refinery demands pension rollbacks and other concessions

With a mandated 14-day-cool down period underway between Unifor 594 and Regina’s Co-op Refinery as they try and reach a new agreement, the union says it is frustrated it has come to this point.

The union says they are not happy that after numerous explanations they do not want rollbacks, that Federated Co-operatives Limited continues to come to the bargaining table looking for roll backs in pensions and other concessions.

The union says the employers continued insistence they take concessions over 17.5 percent is unacceptable and disrespectful given the work their members have contributed to large profits over the last three years.

After the two week cool-down period Unifor and its members may issue a 48-hour strike or lockout notice.

Co-op has already prepared for that by setting up a temporary work camp at the refinery, something Unifor says sends a wrong message to employees and the public.

The union represents close to 800 workers at the refinery complex in Regina.


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