GOOSE BAY, NL, Jan. 14 /CNW/ - There is overwhelming need and
responsibility for the Newfoundland and Labrador government to end the
18-month Voisey's Bay mine strike, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.
"The need for government action is now undeniable," USW staff
representative Boyd Bussey said after striking Voisey's Bay workers
voted in favour of a settlement proposed by the province's Industrial
"Our government appointed this Commission to try to help resolve the
dispute," Bussey noted.
"The Commission's experts did all they could to assist the Steelworkers
and Vale in reaching a settlement. The Commission's detailed report to
the government clearly explains why this labour dispute continues after
nearly 18 months.
"The Commission confirmed the Steelworkers made repeated, 'significant'
compromises to try to reach a settlement," Bussey said.
"The Commission also stated clearly that Vale maintained 'an approach that does not contemplate compromise on any basis.'
"Vale's contention that it wants to settle the strike has clearly been
refuted by the Commission, which states: '(Vale) maintains that it has a desire to conclude a collective
agreement, but its actions and reactions send the opposite message.'
"The Commission also stated there is no pressing 'need' for Vale to
settle, since it has recruited scabs to work at Voisey's Bay," Bussey
"It is now clear that Vale is the impediment to a fair settlement. It
also is clear that, unless our government takes action to bring about a
settlement, Vale will continue to use its scab workforce and prolong
the hardship for our working families and communities."
The USW has placed a full-page ad in Saturday's St. John's Telegram to
highlight the need for government action.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Boyd Bussey, USW, 709-727-8632, firstname.lastname@example.org; /
Wayne Fraser, USW District 6 Director, 416-243-8792, 416-577-4045 /