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Mill Workers, Activists Take Over Finnish Pulp Mill

Jan. 3, 2008 - A combination of mill workers and local activists are holding a demonstration inside Stora Enso's Kemijärvi pulp mill in Finland in protest of the company's announcement to shut the mill by the end of June 2008.

According to the Finnish news agency STT, employees on duty at the pulp mill and members of concerned citizen's movement started the demonstration inside the mill Thursday afternoon (Finnish time).

The demonstrators, about 300 in all, have called for the Finnish government and Stora Enso to keep the mill in operation.

The demonstration has proceeded peacefully, STT reports.

Stora Enso in October announced sweeping pulp and paper capacity cuts and mill closures, along with the elimination of about 1,700 jobs. The Kemijärvi mill, with an annual capacity of 250,000 tons of softwood pulp, was among those earmarked for closure in 2008. The mill employs 240 workers.

According to STT, the Finnish investment group Ruukki submitted an offer for the mill in December, but Stora Enso has not agreed to sell it.

SOURCE: The Finnish News Agenct STT

See related story:
- Stora Enso to Make Sweeping Capacity, Personnel Cuts (10/25)




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