October 16, 2021

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An agreement was reached in principle at ArcelorMittal

An agreement was reached in principle at ArcelorMittal

(Montreal) Representatives of ArcelorMittal’s 2,500 strike workers have reached an agreement in principle with the company’s managers to renew their collective agreement.


The Canadian Press

The mining company, which is headquartered in Pont-Cartier, Fermont and Fire Lake, held its final round of talks on Thursday with a compromise appointed by the Minister of Labor.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Five locals of United Steel Workers will be able to vote on the deal in the coming days, which will renew the collective agreement for a period of four years.

Disputed items include salaries, pension plan, insurance, bonuses and working hours. Fly out fly 14/14 ”, i.e. 14 working days, followed by 14 days leave, which the employer may want to adopt for some employees.

On his Twitter account, Jean Boulette, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity, welcomed the deal. “Reasonable negotiations are always the best solution,” he believes. The certification of this agreement ensures the well-being of the workers and the business. Congratulations to the parties! ”

ArcelorMittal Mining Canada President and CEO Mapi Mobwano attended the final talks.

“We are happy with the outcome, which is due to the hard work of both parties and the work of the compromise at the negotiating table,” he said in a statement. We hope to turn the page in this conflict. ”

For their part, union representatives indicated they would not comment on the deal until members had spoken.

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The union initially reached an interim agreement with the employer in mid-April, but members rejected it. The employer upgraded its offers, but the workers rejected them again, this time on May 10.

The 2,500 union members of Port-Cartier, Fermont and Fire Lake are spread across five Union locals, two mines, a pelletizing plant, railways, offices and security.