US Kronos reaches deal to end lock-out at Canada TiO2 plant

21 November 2013 15:07  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--US titanium dioxide (TiO2) producer Kronos has reached a deal with workers at its TiO2 plant in Varennes, near Montreal, Canada, to end a lock-out that lasted more than five months, the union representing the workers confirmed on Thursday.

However, the plant will not be restarted immediately. Rather, the restart will take place over several weeks from 13 December, Quebec labour union Federation de l’industrie manufacturiere said.

Kronos locked out the plant’s 320 unionised workers in June after talks to resolve a labour dispute failed.

The union said that 70.8% of the workers approved the deal under which they won concessions over issues such as working hours, retirement benefits and subcontracting. The new labour contract for the plant will run until 15 June 2018.

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.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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