Premier Danny Williams is stepping in and urging the United Steelworkers Union and Vale to resolve the lengthy strike.
Williams announced that if the two sides do not come to a resolution within two weeks, the Provincial Government will convene an Industrial Inquiry Commission immediately.
Williams says this situation has gone unresolved for far too long.
He adds that the impact upon the communities involved is not acceptable.
The Premier thanks Mr. Bill Wells, the mediator in the last round of negotiations, for his dedication and commitment in the matter.
Despite some significant progress, it appears that both sides remain unwilling to put to an end to the strike.
Contract negotiations have been ongoing between Vale and the United Steelworkers Local 9508 since August, 2009.