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NICKEL MINING: Vale Inco mucking from three mines, smelter operating

ONTARIO - Vale Inco, the Brazilian miner whose 3,000 unionized Sudbury workers have been on strike since July ...



ONTARIO – Vale Inco, the Brazilian miner whose 3,000 unionized Sudbury workers have been on strike since July 13, 2009, made its first matte shipment from the Copper Cliff smelter on Feb. 4, 2010. The material is bound for the company’s refinery in Clydach, Wales.

The smelter is operating on material from the Creighton, Coleman and Garson mines. The company says it intends to ramp up to full production at both Creighton and Coleman. Office and technical employees, members of a different union, are operating the mines, concentrator and smelter. Contract employees will also be hired.


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2 Comments » for NICKEL MINING: Vale Inco mucking from three mines, smelter operating
  1. Marc R. says:

    Inco was profitable before Vale came in and messed up the entire local economy. Everyone knows there were issues with how the bonuses were paid out to employees, but we didn’t need a Brazilian company coming in and messing things right up. Now the families of those affected employees have been negatively impacted for many years to come. The local economy has been damaged and many small businesses have closed their doors or gone bankrupt because the Harper government allowed this to happen with no oversight at all. If things do not improve soon, I will also have to close the doors to my business and layoff my 6 employees.

    Shame on you Vale for trying to bust up the union and stripping our community of it’s natural resources with no payback !

  2. gerald says:

    3000 unionized workers on strike since July 2009 at Vale Inco mine in Sudbury Ontario. These workers must be nuts, they will never, ever make up the loss of wages. What a bunch of sheep.

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