PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 26, 2010

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Cows Slaughtered at XL Beef

It looks like XL Foods is keeping its options open.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has conducted an inspection of the XL Beef plant in Moose Jaw. The inspection, which includes slaughtering a handful of cows, is necessary for the company to renew its license.

UFCW Local 1400 Union President Norm Neault, spokesman for the locked out workers, says staff are still picketing but they did clear the way for CFIA officials to perform the inspection this week.

"Hopefully this is a sign that the employer wants to get the plant back operational, wants to get back to the bargaining table with some meaningful negotiations and resume operations as soon as possible."

The union believes if they weren't planning on re-opening, the company wouldn't have taken steps to renew its license. Calls to XL officials in Alberta have not been returned.

Locked out workers at XL Beef haven't been inside the plant since April 24th, 2009.  That's when XL Foods issued layoff notices to its entire staff at the Moose Jaw facility.  The layoffs affected some 200 workers and were supposed to last five months.

However, shortly before the layoff was to end, XL Foods issued a lockout notice saying they weren't able to reach a collective agreement with workers at the plant.

 

 

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