Local 598 Xstrata Membership Vote in Favour of Strike Action

January 21, 2010, 12:17 PM EST

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CAW Mine/Mill Local 598 members who work at Xstrata Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action, if needed, in a series of membership meetings on January 13.

Local 598 members at the Sudbury mine voted 96 per cent in favour of strike action if necessary and 99 per cent in favour of opening the strike fund, if the current round of talks fails to produce a fair and equitable agreement by the January 31 deadline.

"We are unwilling to accept a contract that includes concessions to our current language and does not offer better job security," said CAW Local 598 President Richard Paquin. "Given the enormous profits that Xstrata Nickel stands to make during the life of the next collective agreement, our jobs, wages and benefits are not up for grabs," Paquin said in a news release.

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