Xstrata Copper in Montreal-East - Management Offer Rejected



    MONTREAL, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Last Friday, the 430 members of the
United Steelworkers Union employed at Xstrata in Montreal-East voted 92%
against the company's latest offer. The union's negotiation committee also
received a strike mandate from membership. Negotiations have foundered on two
issues: improvements to the pension plan and salary increases. "Since the
beginning, we have been negotiating under the threat of a lock-out if we did
not accept management's offers. The workers will not bow to blackmail, and are
ready to fight for improvements to their collective agreement. The copper
market has never been better. It is now our turn to benefit from the wealth
being produced by this multinational company," said union staffer Denis
Lévesque.
    "We have agreed with Xstrata to maintain production during conciliation
talks," Lévesque continued. "We will be holding these talks next week, and we
would like to give the negotation process one last chance. But the employer
has a long way to go. It's not acceptable, for instance, to be offering
bonuses at other workplaces under its ownership, but refusing to offer any
here."

    Xstrata Copper is a copper refinery located in Montreal-East. The
collective agreement ran out May 31, 2007.




For further information:

For further information: Denis Lévesque, United Steelworkers (FTQ),
(819) 856-1887


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