ST. JOHN'S, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Negotiators for the United Steelworkers
(USW) and Brazil-based Vale have reached a tentative agreement to end
the bitter 18-month strike at the Voisey's Bay nickel mine in Labrador.
The tentative deal was reached Wednesday evening in St. John's, said USW
staff representative Boyd Bussey.
Terms of the deal will not be disclosed until union members vote on the
proposed collective agreement, Bussey said. The union's negotiating
team is unanimously recommending that members ratify the agreement, he
Meetings with union members must be held in a number of communities and
results of voting likely will not be available until early next week.
"We are relieved to have finally reached a tentative agreement and we
are optimistic our members will ratify the deal," Bussey said.
"The last 18 months have been very difficult for our members and their
families, as well as for many other working families and communities in
"This labour dispute was needlessly provoked by Vale, then prolonged by
its use of scab labour and its refusal to compromise to reach a fair
deal - which was confirmed by the provincial commission of inquiry."
"We appreciate the work done by the commission, and the assistance of
the mediator appointed by our government. But it is clear that our
government must finally enact anti-scab legislation in the best
interests of our working families and communities.
"We must no longer be held hostage to the economic and social harm
caused by foreign corporations with no qualms about recruiting scabs
and provoking and indefinitely prolonging labour disputes in our
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Contact: Boyd Bussey, USW, 709-727-8632, 709-753-0864, firstname.lastname@example.org