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2000/04/30

Rothsay Employees Ratify New Contract - Four-year agreement provides wage increases, signing bonus

TRURO, Nova Scotia, April 30, 2000 - Rothsay and the Communication, Energy and
Paper Workers Union (CEP), announced today that 88 per cent of employees at the
Truro, Nova Scotia rendering plant have voted to ratify a new four-year
contract. The 26 employees, members of CEP Local 54, have been on strike since
December, 1999. Plans are in place for a safe and orderly return to work on May
8, 2000.




The new contract, which is in effect until March 31, 2003, provides for a three
per cent wage increase over the life of the contract. Employees will receive a
1.5 per cent increase on April 1, 2001, followed by an additional 1.5 per cent
effective April 1, 2002. Each employee will receive a $750 signing bonus.




"This is a win-win situation. It's been a difficult four months for everyone,
and Rothsay is very pleased with the outcome of this agreement," said Chris
Markwood, Vice-President Operations Rothsay. "The Truro plant has an excellent
work force and we look forward to welcoming them back on May 8."




Negotiations, which had broken off in December, resumed April 24.




"We were able to resolve most of the outstanding issues to arrive at a contract
that we could recommend to our members," said Dennis Grant, National
Representative, CEP. "It will be good to get people back to work and move on."




Rothsay provides an essential environmental service to the livestock, meat and
food processing and restaurant industries through the recycling of by-products
into oils and protein meals for use in animal feeds.




FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Chris Markwood

(905) 628 - 9303

Ext. 215



or



Dennis Grant

(902) 673 - 2590

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