Niobec Mine - A transition that complies with United Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ) statutes

    QUEBEC, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Local 8432 at the Niobec Mine has been
placed under administration to ensure division of assets and funds in
compliance with the statutes of the United Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos
(FTQ). The workers voted in favour of the transition proposed by the Métallos
at a general meeting on March 2nd. "First of all, we would like to make sure
no irregularities were committed during the transition period. Second, we want
to ensure that all assets and funds that belong to the local stay in the hands
of the workers at Niobec. We wish them all the best in their looming
negotiations," said Daniel Roy, Quebec Director of the United Steelworkers/
Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ).
    "We fought battles together. We made gains together. It is unfortunate
that the majority of members decided not to continue with the United
Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos, which unites the majority of miners across
Quebec and North America. They decided democratically to continue their union
work on their own. We respect that decision. We have enjoyed working with the
members of Local 8432," continued the Quebec Director.

    A transition that respects workers

    The United Steelworkers/Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ) ensured a transition
accepted by the workers. "We want to be sure there is no ambiguity. Everything
is clear now, and we hope the workers have found the right tools to defend
themselves against increasingly powerful corporations and rapidly accelerating
trade globalization," concluded Daniel Roy.

For further information:

For further information: Daniel Roy, United Steelworkers/Syndicat des
Métallos (FTQ), (514) 850-2240

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