Media Advisory - 'Global' Union Meeting in Sudbury March 18-21: CVRD Workers to Arrive in Sudbury on Sunday



    TORONTO and SUDBURY, ON, March 16 /CNW/ - Union members representing CVRD
workers in Brazil, New Caledonia, Mozambique and Canada will start arriving in
Sudbury this weekend in advance of a three-day meeting to plan strategies that
put the interests of CVRD workers and their communities front and centre for
the growing corporation.
    Sponsored by the United Steelworkers (USW), the event involves workers
speaking three languages from four countries.
    The agenda features presentations describing the history of labour
relations with CVRD, the company's global corporate structure and strategy, as
well as a review of CVRD Inco's operations in New Caledonia.
    The following sessions are open to the media:

    
    MONDAY, MARCH 19
    ----------------

    -  9 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.: Opening Remarks by USW Local 6500 President
             John Fera; Ken Neumann, USW National Director.

    -  9:20 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.: Joco Trevisam, CNTSM (Brazil) on CVRD
             operations and union relations in Brazil.

    -  10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: USW District Directors Wayne Fraser
             (Ontario/Atlantic Canada) and Steve Hunt (Western Canada) on
             Inco operations and union relations in Canada.

    -  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Joco César de Freitas Pinheiro, Ministry of
             Mines and Energy, Brazil, and USW Researcher Jeff Richardson on
             CVRD global corporate structure and strategy.

    -  5:30 p.m. - Informal social event with remarks by Mark Cutifani, CVRD
             Inco Chief Operating Officer and USW International President
             Leo W. Gerard.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 20
    -----------------

    -  4 p.m. - News conference
    

    All sessions, including the news conference, will take place at the USW
union hall at 92 Frood Road, Sudbury.
    Participants will take part in a smelter and mine tour starting at 8 a.m.
on Wednesday.
    The USW represents more than 4,800 CVRD Inco workers across Canada.
Representatives of USW local unions from Voisey's Bay, NL, Port Colborne, ON
and Thompson, MB will join Local 6500 and Local 2020 in Sudbury for the
conference.
    National and international participants will be available for media
interviews throughout the event. Translation is available.

    INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES:

    Brazil:
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    Joco Trevisam, General Secretary, National Confederation of Workers in
    the Mineral Sector (CNTSM)
    José Horta, local union president, Metabase Mariana - MG,  CNTSM
    Raimundo Nonato Alves Amorim, local union president, Metabase Carajas -
    PA, CNTSM,
    Jorge Luis Campos, local union general secretary, Sindimina - RJ, CNTSM
    Gilson dos Santos, local union president, Sindimina - SE, CNTSM
    Casiano Oliveira, local union president, Metabase Corumba - MS, CNTSM
    Sergio Luiz Guerra, local union financial secretary, Vitoria -ES, CNTSM,
    Jose Zagallo, attorney, STEFEM - MA, National Confederation of Land
    Transportation Workers (CNTT)
    Joco Cesar Pinheiros, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazilian government

    Mozambique:
    -----------
    Jeremias Timana, SINTICIM
    Fernando Jorge, SINTICIM

    New Caledonia:
    --------------
    Didier Guenant-Jeason, USOENC
    Trevor Underwood, USOENC
    Charles N'gaihony, USTKE
    Sarimin (Jacques) Boengkih, Kanak Development Agency





For further information:

For further information: FOR BACKGROUND AND INFORMATION, CONTACT: Pat
Van Horne, (416) 544-5990, pvh@usw.ca; IN SUDBURY DURING THE CONFERENCE: Brad
James, (416) 524-5118, bjames@usw.ca


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