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Northwood Pulp Mill restart continuing, as B.C. port strike to resume

The Prince George mill was temporarily curtailed last week, due to the strike by port workers.
Canfor Pulp Products is continuing to restart Northwood Pulp Mill this week, despite a planned resumption of strike action by B.C. port workers.

Canfor Pulp Products is continuing the restart of the Northwood Pulp Mill, despite a planned resumption of a strike action by B.C. port workers.

On Tuesday, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada rejected a tentative mediated deal and resumed strike action.

On Wednesday, the Canada Industrial Relations Board ruled that the strike action was illegal because the union didn’t provide 72-hour strike notice. The union responded by issuing a 72-hour strike notice, to come into effect on Saturday.

On July 11, Canfor Pulp announced a temporary curtailment at Northwood Pulp, due to limited storage space for pulp products that could not be transported to the company’s overseas markets because of the strike. The curtailment began on July 13, but a tentative agreement to end the strike prompted Canfor Pulp to begin restarting the mill on Monday.

“We are very disappointed and frustrated that BC ports are once again being impacted by a labour dispute. We began restarting Northwood on Monday and we’re continuing the restart,” said Michelle Ward, Canfor Pulp vice president of corporate communications. “Over the next few days we’ll be monitoring the labour dispute closely and assessing if we need to take further action.”

- With files from The Canadian Press