Federated Co-Op not accepting recommendations aimed at ending refinery lockout

The lockout at the Co-Op Refinery will continue as the employer is saying no to recommendations given to the provincial government from special mediator Vince Ready.

Federated Co-Op says after analyzing the report, they can not accept all aspects of the recommendations in their entirety and that modifications are needed especially after the outbreak of COVID-19 and how things have changed economically with plunging oil prices as they are re-assessing how to manage through the financial turmoil that has been caused.


It is not known what recommendations they are against.

Unifor had said last week they would begrudgingly accept the recommendations made by Ready so this news has them extremely upset.

In a release, national president Jerry Dias is shocked at this development

“FCL CEO Scott Banda’s tactics get more disgusting by the hour,” Dias said. “Western Canada needs a secure fuel supply and the skilled operation of the Regina refinery. Instead,  Banda wants to use a public health crisis as bargaining leverage on his own employees.”

Dias goes on to say that the only option left is for the provincial government to intervene by issuing legislation to end the lockout which on Sunday is into its 108th day.

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