Ushitau Maintenance Employees of the Voisey’s Bay Mine site have officially gone on strike.
Darren Cove is the President of the United Steelworkers Union(USW) local 9508.
He says as of 12pm yesterday, Ushitau and its employees withdrew their services from Voisey’s Bay and called a strike.
They all vacated the site by plane yesterday afternoon.
Cove says that Ushitau had received their final offer from Vale and 96 percent voted against the deal resulting in a strike.
Ushitau Maintenance Inc. is responsible for maintaining the site’s concentrator and loading dock.
There are about 50-60 people employed with the contractor.
Meanwhile, negotiations between Vale and the other union members who have been on strike for nearly a year have improved.
Cove says Vale and the union met last week in St. John’s.
Although what seemed to look like an interesting contract offering from Vale's website.
Cove adds the terms and conditions are not quite on par for what they are looking for.