Monday, August 2, 2010

Vale Talks One -Year Anniversary of Strike

Vale says it is not pleased that the one-year milestone of the strike at Voisey’s Bay has been reached.

Bob Carter is the Manager of Corporate Affairs with Vale in Newfoundland and Labrador.

He says Vale would much rather have had an agreement reached by this time.

At the same time, the company would like to see an agreement in place that pleases both parties.

Carter says since the strike began, Vale has made numerous attempts to reach an agreement with the United Steelworkers Union.

The company has tabled three separate proposals, all of which have been rejected by the union.

He says that since the last round of negotiations broke off in July, there hasn’t been any positive progress in reaching an agreement.

And since that time, says Carter, the union has been sending out misinformation on the negotiation process.

Carter says all of the issues remain the same since the strike first began.

He adds that Vale doesn’t feel there has been a serious attempt by the United Steelworkers to engage in meaningful negotiations.

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