TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Ken Neumann, National Director of the United
Steelworkers is demanding that Ministers Kenney and Finley insure that Vale
Inco will not be permitted to bring in temporary foreign workers during the
strike in Sudbury, Port Colborne and Voisey's Bay.
In a letter dated September 2nd to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and
HRSD Minister Diane Finley, Neumann made it clear that the Steelworkers
"declare unequivocally" that we oppose any application from Vale Inco to bring
in temporary foreign workers."
"The federal government's guidelines specifically require they determine
if the entry of the foreign worker is likely to affect the settlement of an
ongoing labour dispute." said Neumann. "We are counting on this government to
do their job, and insure respectful labour relations."
The Brazilian multinational Vale, that bought the former Canadian Inco,
has broken with precedent by declaring that it will try to restart production
without the striking workers, a decision that raises serious health and safety
concerns and is certain to aggravate the labour dispute.
Mr. Neumann goes on to explain to the Ministers that under these
circumstances "you will certainly understand that granting an application to
allow temporary foreign workers in the Vale Inco operations would make
settlement of the dispute even more difficult."
In fact, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, employers may
not use foreign workers to circumvent a legal work stoppage or otherwise
influence the outcome of a labour dispute.
"To add the variable of foreign workers to an already contentious
situation would not be helpful," added Neumann.
"The Harper government must not be an accomplice in Vale's provocative
behaviour," insisted Neumann.
Information on the strike and copies of the letter can be found at
For further information:
For further information: Bob Gallagher, (416) 544-5966, (416) 434-2221