Steelworkers Ratify New Three-Year Contract

    THOMPSON, MB, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Vale Inco Limited announced today that
members of Local 6166 of the United Steelworkers have voted to ratify a new
three-year collective bargaining agreement.
    Employees at the company's Thompson, Manitoba operations voted 65.5
percent in favour of the contract.
    The agreement includes wage increases in each year of the agreement,
pension improvements, as well as changes that will facilitate the company's
recruitment of skilled trades people.
    "The Company and Union bargaining teams have negotiated professionally
and respectfully over the past three months, and we are very pleased with the
outcome of these discussions," said Brian Maynard, President of Vale Inco's
Manitoba Operations. "We believe this agreement meets the expectations of our
valued workforce and helps further our objective of securing an exciting,
long-term future for the Manitoba Operations."

    About Vale Inco Limited

    Vale Inco Limited is a leading producer of nickel, copper, cobalt and
precious metals, based in Toronto, Canada. Vale Inco is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (Vale) (NYSE:   RIO), one of the
world's largest mining companies. Vale Inco has over 12,000 employees
worldwide and had net sales of over US$10 billion in 2007. Vale Inco is
committed to the pursuit of sustainable growth by operating with respect for
the natural environment and being an ethically and socially responsible

For further information:

For further information: David Markham, Public and Government Affairs,
Vale Inco Limited, Manitoba Operations, (204) 778-2326

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