Water­ville TG slashes pro­duc­tion

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Water­ville

Plant work­ers at Water­ville TG’s fac­to­ries in Water­ville and Coat­i­cook have had their hours dras­ti­cally re­duced in the last cou­ple of weeks. Last week, many work­ers were told not to come in Mon­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day and this week, many of the work­ers will work only one day.

At a union meet­ing held on May 7th, in Sher­brooke, work­ers ac­cepted a ‘shared time’ agree­ment with the com­pany. “We are ba­si­cally now on ‘Shared time’, work­ing three out of five days at both plants,” said Water­ville TG’s Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-pres­i­dent, Al­lan Ab­dalla.

The rea­son for the drop in pro­duc­tion is at­trib­uted to two of the com­pany’s main clients, Toy­ota and Honda, who have also dropped their pro­duc­tion be­cause of be­ing ‘short-sup­plied’. “We should be hear­ing from Toy­ota, at the end of this week, when they will be re­sum­ing pro­duc­tion and at what vol­ume,” added Mr. Ab­dalla. Sev­eral plants in Ja­pan that make pieces are now run­ning at only 50% pro­duc­tion as a re­sult of the earth­quake in March.

Water­ville TG has ap­plied to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to have their sud­denly part-time work­ers ac­cepted into the Em­ploy­ment In­surance pro­gram to re­ceive ben­e­fits in case the sit­u­a­tion con­tin­ues. “We ap­plied to this pro­gram, as we did in 2009, and we’re wait­ing to hear back from them. We’re ex­pect­ing a pos­i­tive re­sponse,” said the Vice-Pres­i­dent. The roughly six hun­dred em­ploy­ees who have been af­fected will be per­son­ally ab­sorb­ing the pay de­crease un­til then.

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