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The Quebec and Ontario Paper Co. will reopen its newsprint mill in Thorold, Ont., Tuesday for the first time since mid-August as a result of approval of new contracts by all of the eight unions that have been striking the plant.

The new contracts give an 85-cent hourly wage increase immediately to the 530 workers involved. Wages will be increased again by 5.5 percent in May and by another 5.5 percent in May of 1992.

Currently, wages range from $15 to nearly $20 an hour in Canadian money.

The company got some of the things it wanted in the main issues sparking the strike: contract changes that would give it more flexibility over work assignments and a reduction in the present five holiday shutdowns of the mill. The company has won flexibility with the promise there will be no layoffs as a result. The unions will allow the mills to operate on Dominion Day, which is July 1, and New Year's Day.

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