Union calls on Kronos to end Canada TiO2 plant lockout

20 June 2013 14:49  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--A union representing Kronos' workers in Canada on Thursday called on the US-based titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer to immediately end a lockout at its plant in Varennes, near Montreal.

Kronos locked out 320 unionised workers on 16 June after talks to resolve a labour dispute over job security, benefits, sub-contracting and other issues failed.

Syndicat national des employé(e)s de Kronos said the company should return to the negotiating table. The union added that Kronos' action to shut down the plant two days before the expiry of a collective bargaining agreement was not legal under Quebec law.

Kronos officials at the company’s offices in Dallas, Texas, did not respond to requests for comment.

According to information on Kronos' website, the Varennes 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. The plant employs 400 people in total.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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