by BETTER FARMING STAFF
The two-week-long strike by workers at the Olymel plant in Vallée-Jonction Quebec is over and slaughter of pigs there is expected to be ramped up over the next week, says Patrick O’Neil, division manager for the marketing division of Ontario Pork.
According to a statement issued by Olymel’s president Rejean Nadeau on Saturday, a six-year agreement with workers was reached on April 1. The plant remained closed Monday because of the Easter holiday in Quebec.
The Vallée-Jonction plant, with a two-shift capacity of 35,000 hogs a week, is critical to Ontario pork producers who ship about 23,000 hogs there every week. To this point, the marketing division has been shipping a few pigs to other plants in Quebec, but mostly to the United States. BF