Sudbury Xstrata Workers Trek to Ottawa for Meeting With Industry Minister Tony Clement Today
May 6, 2009, 11:38 AM EST
Over 50 members of CAW Local 598 who work at Xstrata's Mine Mill and Smelter in Sudbury, Ontario are bussing to Parliament Hill in Ottawa today for a meeting with Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement to discuss Xstrata's decision to lay-off 686 workers, which violated a 2006 takeover agreement with the federal government.
CAW Local 598 members to meet with Industry Minister Tony Clement
Wednesday May 6 at 3:00 p.m.
Parliament Hill, Ottawa
CAW Local 598 President Dwight Harper said the layoffs breached the terms and conditions of the company's takeover agreement with Investment Canada from its 2006 purchase of the mine from Falconbridge.
"The agreement stated there would be no layoffs for three years, which means our members are fully protected until July 2009," Harper said.
"Minister Clement has an obligation to step in to defend the interests of Canadian workers by demanding Xstrata live up to its commitments," said Jerry Dias, Assistant to CAW President Ken Lewenza.