Falconbridge Workers Strike To Save Jobs

Toronto, Ontario

February 3, 2004


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Falconbridge Workers Strike To Save Jobs
Falconbridge Workers Strike To Save Jobs
dated February 3, 2004


       "We're on the bricks. Okay let's go! It's 12:01. Let's go! Put them up!"

Toronto, Ontario
January 10, 2004
       With that the 1,100 members of CAW Local 598 Mine Mill and Smelter went on strike against Falconbridge Mines. It is a fight to save their jobs according to Local president Rick Grylls.

Rick Grylls
Pres. Mine Mill CAW Local 598

       "The members know exactly what the issues are. This is their long term security we are fighting for. This is for pride and respect on the job, a fair and decent contract that allows our issues to be heard and dealt with in a manner that is respectful to an employer and employees. We have had three years of bullying."

       Three years ago the workers took a seven month strike against concessions and contracting out and won.
       At a press conference prior to the strike deadline, Hemi Mitic, assistant to CAW president Buzz Hargrove said the workers are faced with the same challenge again.

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW President

       "The company has tabled a document that wants to eliminate the concept of our pension plan and go to an RRSP plan. The other major issue is the one where they want to open up some new projects in the Sudbury area with the exclusive use of contractors and not giving our members an opportunity to work at those projects. That is a major stumbling block."

       Mitic said Falconbridge has also been disregarding the existing contract on grievances and job postings, as well as refusing to deal fairly with the economic issues.

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW President

       "We want to basically keep the language that we have. That is an important principle for us. Most of the issues that we would have on the table; most of them are economic in nature."

       The workers on the picket lines have forced Falconbridge to shut down its four mines and a mill in Sudbury. The company however is using scabs to operate its smelter at 40 per cent capacity.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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