The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) announced today that negotiations with Purity Factories Ltd. have broken off.
NAPE president Carol Furlong
The union says it will be conducting a strike vote among its members in the near future.
According to NAPE President Carol Furlong the main issue is wages.
“After several meetings and conciliation, we are extremely disappointed with the unwillingness of the employer to recognize the valuable contribution the employees have made toward building the company,” Furlong said.
According to a news release, of the 52 employees 24 have in excess of 30 years service, another five have more than 20 years service.
"This demonstrates a strong commitment to the company by the employees, and the company now needs to reciprocate and show its commitment to the economic well being for the employees,” Furlong said.
"Employees at Purity Factories find themselves working and living in one of the hottest economies in the country. They need salary increases that will enable them to maintain their standard of living. We are asking the employer to put forward a salary package that recogizes the contribution of the employees to the company and recognizes the economic need of its employees.”