Sudbury INO, Mine Mill have contract – by Staff (Sudbury Star – January 31, 2017)

Glencore and its production and maintenance employees in Sudbury have reached a tentative collective agreement. Workers will vote on the deal Tuesday. The negotiations team for UNIFOR Local 598, Sudbury Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union, is unanimously recommending ratification of the tentative agreement.

The current contract expires Jan. 31 at midnight. Peter Xavier, vice president of Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO), a Glencore company, praised the agreement in a release.

“We are very pleased that the parties have reached a tentative agreement that is competitive, fair and represents a balance of interests in securing a longer term future for Sudbury INO, particularly at this time of prolonged market uncertainty,” Xavier said.

“I commend both teams for their hard work and dedication in achieving this positive outcome.”

Mine Mill said ratification votes will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Palladium Room at the Radisson Hotel located at 85 St. Anne Rd.

No details of the agreement were released.

According to the company’s website, Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations activities include exploration, Fraser Mine, Nickel Rim South Mine, Strathcona Mill and Sudbury Smelter.

The company has been mining nickel-copper ores in the Sudbury area since 1928. The facilities are spread throughout the 60 kilometer-long, oval-shaped geological formation known as the Sudbury basin.

Nickel and copper are the primary metals but cobalt and precious metals, such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium are also produced.

Sudbury INO currently employs about 1,300 permanent employees, most of whom are members of Mine Mill. The Steelworkers represent office, clerical and technical workers, while others are non-union and management employees.

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