Vale declined to be asked about the negotiations and said they preferred not to use the media to talk about the collective bargaining process. The USW also wants a system of “progressive discipline” to be incorporated into the new agreement. For now, Bussey says, Vale controls its own disciplinary policy and the union is not satisfied with its use. According to Bussey, if an agreement is not reached, IT is possible that the ETC workers at Voisey`s Bay will go on strike in early July. First agreement for YUL bar and restaurant employees… “The last collective agreement expired on March 31 and we were determined to stay at the negotiating table to negotiate a new contract. But there have been no meaningful negotiations and it appears that the company prefers a more confrontational approach,” Bussey said. Negotiations between the United Steel Workers union and Vale for a new collective agreement for Voisey`s Bay companies have failed and could lead to a strike this summer, according to an ETC spokesperson. The union says there are a lot of issues on the table that they want to resolve before they even start negotiations on the monetary side of a new agreement.
“We prefer to discuss these issues directly with the union, unlike the media, so we are very interested in coming back to the table and working with them to reach a new agreement,” the spokesman said in a written statement Vale and ETC Local 9508, representing 250 Voisey Bay employees, who have been negotiating a new agreement since February. But the two sides, according to Mr. Bussey, have hardly agreed. According to a USW press release, the union “suspended” talks between the two parties on May 15, although a provincial mediator attempted to reunite Vale and the union. “Vale refuses to acknowledge the security issues we have.” “As we continue to move to bottom mining at Voisey`s Bay, safety will always be our primary concern,” the statement said. “Voisey`s Bay has a very impressive safety record and is considered one of the safest mines in Canada, as shown by the recent Ryan Award we received for the fifth year in a row.” “We are waiting for the (provincial) conciliation officer to decide whether or not to write his report… We would then be able to hold a legal strike vote 15 days after receiving the report,” said Boyd Bussey, ETC staff representative.