Rogers Sugar requests mediation in 8 week-long strike

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The ongoing Rogers Sugar strike in Vancouver is impacting bakeries in Calgary and some grocery stores ahead of the busy holiday season. The Rogers Sugar refinery in Vancouver is one of only three large sugar refineries in the country that processes imported cane sugar. The strike, which began on September 28, involves 138 workers who are seeking better wages, and benefits, and opposing the company’s proposal to increase refinery operations to 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rogers Sugar Inc. has requested mediation to help end the strike and has applied to the British Columbia Labour Relations Board for mediation. The union, the Public and Private Workers of Canada Local 8, has agreed to mediation. Rogers Sugar has apologized for the supply shortages and says it is using other facilities to help supply its Western Canadian customers.

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