ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Sixty-seven percent of the
Steelworkers working at Mouska mine voted yesterday to give their bargaining
committee a strike mandate. "Management has to stop beating around the bush,"
stated Marc Thibodeau, labour representative for the United Steelworkers
(USW)/Métallos (FTQ). "We held a vote and the employer brought us in to talk,
but they had nothing new to offer. Now the workers have given us a new
mandate, telling us clearly not to go back to the bargaining table until they
have a serious offer to make. The boss has to go back and redo his homework,
or else he can expect to fail the exam."
There are four major stumbling blocks in the negotiations. Three have to
do with parity of working conditions with the Steelworkers at the Doyon mine,
near Rouyn-Noranda. The workers want wage and vacation parity, and they want
similar indexation to what the Doyon miners have. Lastly, they want higher
transportation allowances. "Their demands are legitimate," said Thibodeau.
"The mine is a conventional mine. It's not mechanized like the Doyon mine.
Just like everyone else, the company has to pay its miners who work so hard to
earning a living to support themselves and their families."
Iamgold owns both the Mouska and Doyon mines. Located in the Cadillac
area between Rouyn-Noranda and Val d'Or, the Mouska mine employs 100 workers
in gold extraction.
For further information:
For further information: Marc Thibodeau, USW/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ), (819) 762-3001, (819) 763-7483