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Mosaic and United Steelworkers agreement sparks criticism from San Group


May 20, 2020
By PJ Boyd
PJ Boyd
From left: San Group owners Kamal Sanghera (CEO), Suki Sanghera (president) and Paul Deol (vice-president, manufacturing) stand where their new small diameter mill will reside, on the same site as a large diameter mill the company purchased in 2017, located just outside of urban Port Alberni, B.C. Photo by Adam Kveton.

After a landmark agreement between Mosaic Forest Management and the United Steelworkers (USW, Local 1-1937) on May 12, there has been some criticism, as some fear this agreement will further hurt the fibre supply chain on Vancouver Island.

Owners of San Group, Kamal Sanghera and his brother Suki, are disappointed that manufacturers such as San Group were not part of the discussion between Mosaic and USW, reports Alberni Valley News. The Sangheras say the agreement will create more damage than benefit as they believe that mills in British Columbia should benefit first from B.C. forests before anything is shipped overseas.

“We are suffering for supply. The whole supply chain is empty. If there is a lack of supply, why do they have to export those logs?” Sanghera told Alberni Valley News. “If the union is going to support the export of logs, we won’t support our second mill as a union mill. They need to change their position or else I will change my position on that. This is not a threat, this is reality.”

Read the full story here.

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