Agreement ends strike at UPM Miramichi

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The strike at UPM’s Miramichi paper mill in New Brunswick, Canada, has ended as members of Local 689 – part of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union – voted in favour of a new five-year labour agreement.
The new agreement includes an 11 per cent wage increase over five years and pension improvements in line with the current Canadian industry standard.
The paper mill will re-open gradually, with the first machine due to start up last September and the second at a date yet to be confirmed.
About 700 paper and kraft mill employees had been on strike at the plant since last December.
In separate news, UPM announced that it will close two paper machines in Kymi, Finland, at the end of this year because they are no longer profitable for the company.
The total annual production capacity of paper machines 1 and 2 is 20,000 tonnes.