Manitoba steelworkers plan preemptively

Union wants labour and safety laws amended
By Danielle Harder
||Last Updated: 06/25/2010

With the strike by 3,000 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at Vale Inco in Sudbury and Port Colborne, Ontario now in its 10th month, union members next door in Manitoba say they are taking preemptive action against the use of replacement workers in their province.

Vale Inco has used replacement workers to restart some of its Sudbury operations, despite protests by union leaders and local MPP France Gelinas to ban them. Last week, Ontario’s premier and labour minister both said they would like to see the dispute resolved through negotiation and have no plans to prevent Vale Inco from replacing striking workers.