Nova Scotia

Strike ends at Maritime Paper Products

Unionized employees at Maritime Paper Products Ltd. in Dartmouth have signed a new collective agreement, ending a strike that began 12 days ago.
Unionized members at Maritime Paper Products Ltd. had been on strike since March 9. (CBC)

Unionized employees at Maritime Paper Products Ltd. in Dartmouth have signed a new collective agreement, ending a strike that began 12 days ago.

"We were pleased to meet with the union last week and both negotiating teams worked hard at concluding a tentative agreement," Gary Johnson, the president of the company, said in a statement Wednesday.

"We focused on resolving outstanding issues and I'm pleased to say the tentative agreement was ratified."

The six-year collective agreement includes increases in salaries and benefits retroactive to May 2011, according to the company.

In addition to the salary agreement, the company said the two sides were also able to resolve outstanding pension issues.

More than 100 workers with Local 1520 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union walked off the job at the paper packaging plant on March 9.

Maritime Paper Products Ltd. makes corrugated paper cartons and other specialized packaging.

Johnson said in a statement the company is grateful to customers for their support during the strike.

"We'll all be relieved to get back to work and focus on our customers," he wrote.