said employees were told Tuesday the company, which is wholly owned by Royal Dutch Shell PLC
(NYSE:RDS.B), is looking at the refinery as part of a strategic review of its assets.
"We´re surprised because we weren´t expecting this," Rocheleau , president of Local 121 of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, said in a telephone interview.
"Our intention is to work with the company to keep the refinery open."
Calls to the company were not immediately returned.
said the four other options are the status quo, selling the refinery, converting the facility to a terminal and entering into a joint venture with another company.
The jobs of 550 employees at the facility are at stake, including about 350 unionized employees, Rocheleau
said subcontractors, suppliers and people working at service stations will also be affected.
"The people are worried about that, they don´t know exactly what will come out of (the review)," said Rocheleau
"We hope that it won´t be a closure of the plant because it will be a disaster for the employees but also for the economy of Quebec also."
said the company says it will provide an update at the end of September.