Minister Leitch congratulates parties on reaching a new agreement for employees at Cameco
OTTAWA, Oct. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, congratulated Cameco Corporation and the United Steelworkers Local 8914 on reaching a new collective agreement covering 536 employees at the McArthur River uranium mine and the Key Lake uranium mill in the District of Key Lake, Saskatchewan. Their previous collective agreement expired on December 31, 2013.
The agreement was reached with assistance from the Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which provides dispute resolution and dispute prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the Canada Labour Code.
- Cameco Corporation, which is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the world's largest publicly traded uranium company.
- In 2011, Cameco was the world's third largest uranium producer, accounting for 16 percent of world production.
- Cameco operates uranium mines in North America and Kazakhstan, including the McArthur River uranium mine, which is the world's largest high-grade uranium deposit, and the Key Lake mill, which is the largest uranium mill in the world.
- Over the last five years, more than 94 percent of collective agreements within the federal jurisdiction were settled without a work stoppage when the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was involved.
"I congratulate Cameco Corporation and the United Steelworkers for working together to reach a new collective agreement and resuming services to fulfill commitments to customers. I commend their dedication to collaborative labour relations and their timely resolution of this dispute."
– The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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