Concerns Remain Despite Recall at Scanwood Canada

March 29, 2011, 12:15 PM EST


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CAW Local 4005 members who work at furniture maker Scanwood Canada in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia remain concerned about the future of the plant, even though some have been called back to work.

The employer is now demanding concessions from the workforce.

Scanwood Canada is operating under Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) protection. The plant employs approximately 235 CAW members who make furniture for Ikea Canada.

Earlier in March workers were laid off after a delay in parts from a European supplier.

CAW National Representative Carla Bryden said the turmoil at the plant has been tough on workers who have been through tremendous uncertainty. She said the company is now looking for concessions from the workforce.

"Our members, from one day to the next, don't know if they're going to be working or not," said Bryden. The CAW is working hard in an effort to secure the jobs, Bryden said.

A membership meeting is planned for April 3 to update workers on the company's demands for concessions.

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