HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NL, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Negotiations aimed at
resolving the 17-month strike at the Voisey's Bay nickel mine collapsed
today after mining giant Vale walked away from talks.
"We are incredibly frustrated and disappointed at this turn of events,"
said Boyd Bussey, a United Steelworkers staff representative involved
in the negotiations.
"After more than 17 months, we came to these talks hoping to finally see
a mutual commitment from Vale to reach a fair settlement and bring an
end to this dispute."
Steelworkers Local 9508 and Brazil-based Vale last met at the bargaining
table in October. The parties resumed discussions Wednesday with the
assistance of a mediator appointed by the Newfoundland and Labrador
The breakdown in negotiations comes one day before the scheduled public
release of a provincial government inquiry report on the labour
dispute. The government has indicated the report will include proposed
terms of settlement of the strike.
The union has agreed to a request from the provincial inquiry commission
for a media blackout on details of the last two days of negotiations.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Boyd Bussey, USW Staff Representative, 709-727-8632