TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - Over 50 members of CAW Local 598 who work at
Xstrata's Mine Mill and Smelter in Sudbury, Ontario are bussing to Parliament
Hill in Ottawa today for a meeting with Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement
to discuss Xstrata's decision to lay-off 686 workers, which violated a 2006
takeover agreement with the federal government.
CAW Local 598 members to meet with Industry Minister Tony Clement
Wednesday May 6 at 3:00 p.m.
Parliament Hill, Ottawa
CAW Local 598 President Dwight Harper said the layoffs breached the terms
and conditions of the company's takeover agreement with Investment Canada from
its 2006 purchase of the mine from Falconbridge.
"The agreement stated there would be no layoffs for three years, which
means our members are fully protected until July 2009," Harper said.
"Minister Clement has an obligation to step in to defend the interests of
Canadian workers by demanding Xstrata live up to its commitments," said Jerry
Dias, Assistant to CAW President Ken Lewenza.
For further information:
For further information: Dwight Harper, President CAW Local 598, (705)
690-0734; Jerry Dias, Assistant to the CAW President, (416) 315-1576; Tom
Dattilo, CAW National Representative, (905) 330-9232; or Angelo DiCaro, CAW
Communications, (416) 606-6311