For some time now, there has been a heated debate about the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County. There are more than 330 people who work at the mill, the vast majority of whom are members of Unifor, Canada and Nova Scotia’s largest private sector union and largest forestry union. They are community volunteers, single moms, hockey coaches and mill workers. They raise their families in Pictou County and are proud to do so. Their jobs and work are important to the economy of the region and to the social fabric of the communities.
They are among the thousands of people who make a living directly or indirectly from the mill, including workers at sawmills across the province, contractors, truck drivers and Halifax Port workers where the mill accounts for 37% of Nova Scotia’s exports to China.
Since Northern Pulp was purchased by new owners in 2011, there have been millions invested to clean and modernize the mill. Unifor members at the mill want the best for their community and are working hard to make Northern Pulp a world-class facility. We want to ensure, like the forest sector, that the fisheries sector, including in the Northumberland Strait, is healthy and sustainable for generations to come. Proper tests must be run, and for this to happen, the province must take a leadership role in establishing trust in the process with all stakeholders.
Sign our petition to Premier Stephen McNeil and Liberal MLAs to demand leadership to secure forestry jobs across the province and bring the community of Pictou together.