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.