Rogers Sugar Announces Agreement in Principle on Vancouver Refinery Strike

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Rogers Sugars announced a tentative agreement with the union representing 140 striking workers at its Vancouver refinery, according to a company statement released Friday.

No details of the tentative agreement have been released. A ratification vote is expected next week.

The workers, represented by Private and Public Sector Workers of Canada (PPWC) Local 8, have been on strike since September 28, 2023.

CBC has reached out to PPWC Local 8 for comment.

Latest talks stopped in December with both parties at odds over the company’s request for 12-hour shifts. Rogers Sugar made this request because it wanted to increase refining operations to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The company operated the Vancouver refinery at reduced capacity during the labor dispute, and the strike led to intermittent sugar shortages in Western Canada.

The Rogers Sugar plant in Vancouver is one of only three large sugar refineries in the country that processes imported cane sugar.

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