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CUPE NL Division convention delegates joined AbitibiBowater employees at the company’s paper mill in Grand Falls-Windsor.  They were protesting the company’s  attempts to renege on pension and severance obligations.

The CEP won an important court case in Quebec yesterday.  A judge there ruled the company had to honour its pension commitments.

CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says, “The first resolution on the floor of our convention dealt with the outrageous move by AbitibiBowater to try and avoid its responsibilities to these workers.  The company should respect its written agreement with the union. Plain and simple.  Our resolution also calls on the federal government to change legislation so that pensioners are the first people to be protected in any bankruptcy proceedings.”

CUPE NL is also calling on the Williams Government to pay the severance pay owing to the former employees of AbitibiBowater, then have them deduct that amount from the expropriated assets of the company.