SASKATOON, July 22 /CNW/ - Members of the United Steelworkers' Locals
7458, 189 and 7689 have voted over 96 per cent in favour of taking strike
action against Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) if no progress is made
towards a new collective agreement.
The Monday vote is a rejection of a company offer that does not address
key issues, including control over contracting out, pensions, wages, vacation
The three locals, representing 500 workers at three mine sites, are
working in coordination to achieve a fair settlement during a period of
skyrocketing demand for potash. Record potash prices and continuing provincial
giveaways allowed PCS to collect an after-tax profit of $566-million in the
first three months of 2008. Although PCS is receiving far more profit per
worker than most mining companies, it pays wages lower than many other major
Canadian mining operations.
The union has met with PCS about 40 times since April.
"Our goal is to reach a good settlement that recognizes the value of our
members' efforts to make this company such an economic success story," said
USW negotiator Lee Edwards. "We look forward to getting back to the bargaining
table to resolve this."
Workers have been without a contract since the end of April.
Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of the economy.
For further information:
For further information: Lee Edwards, (306) 382-2122