BATHURST, NB, July 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Resource giant Glencore should
negotiate a fair deal with Brunswick Smelter employees rather than
demand take-it-or-leave concessions from working families and the
community, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.
"This is Glencore's first negotiations since it purchased the smelter
last year. You would think they would treat employees, families and the
community with fairness and respect," says Tony DePaulo, assistant to
the USW's Atlantic Canada Director.
"Instead of seeking a fair settlement, Glencore has repeatedly demanded
excessive concessions," DePaulo said. "The workers are ready to
negotiate a fair deal and we call on Glencore to do the same."
USW Local 7085 represents about 300 workers at the Brunswick Smelter in
Belledune. The workers voted Thursday to reject Glencore's contract
demands to weaken pensions, health and safety standards, disability
benefits and vacation pay, among other concessions.
Thursday's vote marked the second time that workers have rejected
Glencore's concession-laden contract demands. The workers and company
are in a strike/lockout position, on condition of 24-hour notice prior
to any job action.
The union has no intention to strike at this point and believes a fair
settlement is achievable, DePaulo said. The union has presented
multiple proposals to Glencore to resolve the impasse and save millions
at the smelter, he said.
"Working families and the community should not be held hostage by
unreasonable demands and threats. We're calling on Glencore to return
to the bargaining table so we can negotiate a reasonable settlement
that is fair to everyone."
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Gary White, USW Staff Representative, (506) 546-8881, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony DePaulo, Assistant to USW District 6 Director, 905-869-0760, email@example.com