Steelworkers to Potash Corp.: Get back to the table before employees all leave for greener pastures



    SASKATOON, SK, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) Western Canada
Director Stephen Hunt says that, by refusing to return to the bargaining
table, the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) is letting its most
skilled employees slip through its fingers.
    "Our members are finding jobs in a hot labour market hungry for skilled
trades," said Hunt. "It's not just a few people, it's about two-thirds of the
PCS workforce. Without our people operating and maintaining production at the
three Saskatoon-area mines, the company will have a much harder time
restarting full production. It is being extremely short-sighted."
    A job fair by Alberta-based Syncrude was held Thursday afternoon at the
Delta-Bessborough Hotel.
    "Union members support their bargaining committee as they have done all
along," said Hunt. "They voted 96 per cent against the company's last offer.
Nobody wants a strike but neither do they want to be told they do not deserve
a fair and equitable contract. That's what this dispute is all about."
    The three USW locals represent a total of about 500 PCS employees at the
Cory, Allan and Patience Lake mines. PCS is receiving far more profit per
worker than most mining companies but it pays wages lower than many other
major Canadian mining operations.
    Meanwhile, PCS CEO Bill Doyle is perhaps the most highly-compensated
Canadian corporate executive. A Globe and Mail report in May revealed that
Doyle's stock options are now worth more than $600-million, a value never seen
before for an executive at a public company in Canada.





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