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Picket Lines Set Up at Mount Polley

A legal picket line remains up at the Likely Road and Bootjack Road as unionized Mount Polley workers continue their second day of strike action.

“The parties aren’t talking. We’ve offered to go back to the table next week, and they’ve said no. So that’s where it sits,” said United Steelworkers Local 1-2017 business agent Dan Will.

The strike was initiated Wednesday by the Union following a three-hour lockout by Mount Polley Mining Corporation that had invited employees back “under the terms of a new comprehensive and competitive wage and benefits package.”

Imperial Metals said in a release that the lockout was intended to overcome an impasse on the renewal of the collective agreement, which terminated on December 31st, 2017.

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“There are quite a few issues, but I’m not going to bargain it in the media,” said Will noting the strike affects about 200 workers.

Mount Polley is located about 56 kilometers northeast of Williams Lake.

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