Vale Abandons Talks Aimed at Settling Voisey's Bay Strike

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 government.

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


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