Viterra Inc.

Viterra Inc.

June 09, 2009 15:12 ET

Viterra Employees Give Strong Vote In Favour of Company Representation

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2009) - Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT) today announced that an overwhelming 81.4 per cent of Manitoba employees who were eligible to cast their ballots in a secret mail-in representation vote favoured a direct working relationship with the Company over Grain Services Union ("GSU") representation.

The GSU has been campaigning to represent employees in Manitoba since the combination of Viterra's former companies - Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Inc. and Agricore United - in May 2007. The Canada Industrial Relations Board ("CIRB") ordered a vote earlier this spring, setting June 8th at 4:30 p.m. as the deadline for the receipt of ballots. Of the 200 employees eligible to vote, 183 cast a ballot.

"This is an important day for our employees. Viterra has always believed that our employees should be given the opportunity to express their democratic right, and to have a voice in the important matter of representation. We are pleased that the CIRB has supported this process to determine the wishes of this group," said Fran Malecha, Viterra's Chief Operating Officer.

Manitoba employees who participated in the vote included those working in country operations and maintenance roles, with the exception of employees in Brandon, Boissevain, Carman, Coulter and Winnipeg office. The results of this vote are pending formal confirmation by the CIRB.

Viterra Inc. is Canada's leading agribusiness, with extensive operations and distribution capabilities across Western Canada, and with operations in the United States, Japan, Singapore and Geneva. The Company is diversified into sales and services of crop inputs and equipment, grain handling and marketing, livestock feed, agri-food processing and financial products. These operations are complemented by value-added businesses and strategic alliances, which allow Viterra to leverage its pivotal position between producers and destination customers. The Company's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VT. For more information visit

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