Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Olymel strike continues

The union for about 1,000 Olymel employees at its hog-packing plant in the Beauce Region is refusing to recommend members ratify an agreement proposed by a provincial-government conciliator.

The strike has disrupted hog marketing across Quebec, Ontario and into the United States as hog farmers seek alternate buyers.

It has also prompted the Ontario Pork Industry Council to caution farmers to be careful about allowing trucks and trailers on their farms that have been at U.S. packing plants where Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus is more prevalent than in Canada.