Lantic’s Montreal sugar refinery grinds to halt as workers walk out
by Canadian Manufacturing.com Staff
200 employees at the Rogers Sugar-owned plant began strike action May 31
MONTREAL—Approximately 200 unionized operations and maintenance workers at Lantic Inc.’s sugar refinery in eastern Montreal have walked off the job.
Lantic’s parent company, Rogers Sugar Inc., has suspended production at the plant following the breakdown of collective bargaining talks between the company and the union representing the facility’s workers. The sugar processor said it is implementing contingency measures to minimize the strike’s impact on its customers; the company operates another cane sugar refinery in Vancouver and maintains a distribution centre in Toronto.
The union called the strike May 31 after bargaining talks that began last month broke down. A previous three-year collective agreement expired at the end of February.
The Lantic plant produces 440,000 tonnes of icing, liquid and soft sugar when operating at regular capacity.