Kronos union fears lock-out at Canada TiO2 plant

14 June 2013 15:38  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--A union representing Kronos' workers in Canada fears that the US-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer will lock out workers at its plant near Montreal after talks to resolve a labour dispute failed, it said on Friday.

Syndicat national des employé(e)s de Kronos said that the company was preparing to shut the plant and lock out workers after 93% of unionised workers at the plant at Varennes this week rejected the company’s offer to settle the dispute, which is about job security, benefits, and planned sub-contracting, among other issues.

Kronos media officials at the company’s headquarter in Dallas, Texas, did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

The Varennes plant employs 400 workers, of which 311 are unionised, according to information on Kronos’ website.

The plant uses both sulphate and chloride processes to produce TiO2. Its current capacities are 17,000 tonnes/year via the sulphate process and 85,000 tonnes/year via the chloride process.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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