Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Pulper May 2006

The Pulper - CEP 1129 May 2006 Issue
Do We Support Task Force On P&P Industry Crisis?
We have finally received from the CEP Western Region Office a guesstimate on how much it cost each member to fund a membership-based task force on the crisis in Canada’s pulp and paper industry.

Over the next few months, it is supposed to come up with some recommendations for how the CEP Western Region can combat the growing number of partial and total mill closures in the pulp and paper industry. (For more information, see the April issue of The Pulper.) Dates for the meetings in question have not yet been set.

But the Western Region office has designated two staff members to help facilitate and support the task force, once it gets going.

Also, on May 8 Western Region Vice President Dave Coles sent out a survey to all Locals seeking basic information the task force can use in its deliberations. Your Executive will be filling this survey out and returning it by the May 31 deadline.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We all compete in a global market

The pulp industry today has much in common with the forest industry. Before the softwood lumber tariffs and the wholesale export of raw logs the forest industry employed thousands of workers and tradespersons, paying high wages and good benefits. Now the forest industry is a mere shell of it's former self. The fall of the Japaneese economy and large reduction of the Japaneese lumber exports along with the tariffs,raw log exports and the rising canadian dollar has crippled the forest industry.

The pulp industry is much the same
The rising canadian dollar has an immidiate impact on the pulp industry and it is expected to rise to $1.00 US+
Other countries that produce pulp,
Brazil, Chile and Arentina have sagnificantly lower wage rates and much lower enviromental standards.
these countries can produce pulp at a much lower cost than any pulpmill in north america.

The outdated mills in BC and they know who they are, will close, if there was any intention to keep those mills in production the owners would have done upgrades to increase the mills efficiency. This has not happened. In the next ten years there will be only 4 or 5 pulp mills in the province of BC.

The task force has a difficult job and may only be able to come up with a bit of false hope, much like rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic.

Anonymous said...

kamloops spent over 300 million in the past three years and is the most modern mill in b.c,however that will not stop it from closing losers

Anonymous said...

and me taking a cut in pay won't keep it open.