Kronos lockout at Canada TiO2 plant continues for third month

23 August 2013 14:15  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--The lockout of workers at Kronos’ titanium dioxide (TiO2) plant in Varennes, near Montreal, has entered its third month, with no resolution in sight, a union representing the workers said on Friday.

"We just don’t know when this will end," Ariane Gagne, spokesperson at Quebec's Confederation des syndicates nationaux, said. She said she could onl;y speculate on when the dispute may be resolved. Officials at Kronos’ offices in the US did not return a call requesting comment.

Gagne confirmed that one of the locked-out workers was injured by a car on Thursday while protesting in front of the plant.

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

Kronos’ Varennes plant uses both sulphate and chloride processes to produce TiO2, with capacities of 17,000 tonnes/year via the sulphate process and 85,000 tonnes/year via the chloride process, according to information on the company’s website. The plant employs 400 people in total.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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