TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Vale disagrees with the overall conclusions and
direction of the Report. As a general observation the Report's
recommendations have been made without the benefit of a full inquiry on
all of the issues contained in the Commission's Terms of Reference. The
Report reflects an incomplete analysis which is to be expected given
the limited time the Commission had to complete its work.
One of the elements in the Report's recommendations relates to the
duration of the contract. The contract duration proposed would allow
the USW to manipulate our next contract negotiations at Voisey's Bay so
that they align with a potential strike in Sudbury, just as the Union
did in 2009 - thus prompting the current protracted dispute. We are not
going to have our people and our business go through a prolonged strike
all over again and we will not agree to the proposed expiry date.
We tackled this issue head on in the latest round of negotiations with
USW and offered a five-year contract which matched USW's proposal to
Vale which was tabled in the Fall of 2010 and also presented to the
Industrial Inquiry Commission as being USW's preferred position.
The USW rejected our most recent offer for a five-year agreement which
would give the parties the opportunity to stabilize the labour
relations climate at Voisey's Bay. This is clear evidence of USW
shifting its bargaining position, a behaviour we have seen through the
course of these negotiations.
Vale also committed to USW in the most recent round of negotiations that
it would include a wage increase greater than USW's proposal to the
Commission and that recommended by the Commission. Vale has reiterated
that it is also willing to be flexible in negotiating a settlement on
the other outstanding items. Our fundamental position has been and
continues to be that this dispute must be resolved by the parties at
The USW is willing to accept less money for their members - our
employees - to secure a common contract expiry with Ontario. Already
they are planning for the next strike - rather than our future shared
success. For the USW, this is about driving changes in legislation and
forcing government intervention far more than it is about the members
they are supposed to represent.
SOURCE Vale Limited
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