REGINA — A potential labour disruption at the Co-op refinery in Regina was averted Friday by a tenative deal between the two sides.
Unifor Local 594 announced the pact on its Facebook page, saying it came after lengthy discussions and with the assistance of the national union.
The union's bargaining committee said the deal will be presented to the membership for ratification on Monday. It said it wasn't "the deal we wanted" but would recommend its acceptance.
“I’m very proud of the commitment and skill shown by the bargaining committees,” said Scott Doherty, executive assistant to the Unifor national president, in a release issued jointly with company vice-president Gil Le Dressay. “They worked very hard to find common ground.”
“We are pleased that we could reach an agreement that was fair for both sides," said Le Dressay. "While the agreement is still tentative pending ratification by the membership we are encouraged by Unifor’s support for the agreement."
About 800 workers had been poised for a lockout starting on Sunday.
Negotiations for a new contract have been ongoing for months after the last contract expired in January 2016.
The Canadian Press