(Montreal) Representatives of ArcelorMittal’s 2,500 striking workers have come to an agreement in principle with the managers of this company for the renewal of their collective agreement.
Posted Jun 5, 2021 4:49 PM
The Canadian Press
The mining company based in Pont-Cartier, Fermont and Fire Lake held its last round of negotiations, which began on Thursday with a conciliator appointed by the Minister of Labor.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The five locals of the United Steelworkers concerned will be able to vote on this agreement in the coming days, which would renew the collective agreement for a period of four years.
The points in dispute concerned salaries, pension plan, insurance, bonuses and working hours. fly in fly out 14/14 ”, ie 14 working days followed by 14 days of leave, which the employer wants to adopt for certain employees.
On his Twitter account, the Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, welcomed this agreement. “Reasoned negotiation is always the best solution,” he believes. Ratification of this agreement will ensure prosperity for both workers and the business. Congratulations to the parties! ”
ArcelorMittal Mining Canada President and CEO Mapi Mobwano was present during the final talks.
“We are happy with this outcome, which is due to the efforts of both parties at the negotiating table and to the work of the conciliator,” he said in a statement. We are optimistic that we will turn the page on this conflict. ”
For their part, union representatives have indicated that they will not comment on this agreement until the members have spoken.
The union first reached a tentative agreement with the employer in mid-April, but the members rejected it. The employer then upgraded its offers, but the workers rejected them again, this time going on strike on May 10.
The 2,500 union members of Port-Cartier, Fermont and Fire Lake are spread over five union locals, in two mines, a pelletizing plant, the railway, offices and security.