Contract talks are resuming today between Mount Polley and the union representing the more than 200 striking workers at the mine.
Dan Will, the Business Agent for Local 2017 of the United Steelworkers, confirms that the next two days have been set aside to try and resolve the labour dispute that will enter into it’s 8th week on Wednesday.
We asked Will if he was optimistic going into today…
“Well you know we’ve tried in the past to fix things and it hasn’t worked out but you know if we’re not talking it won’t get fixed, so the only way it’s going to get fixed if if we do talk and that’s what we’re going to do over the next two days.”
Will was also asked about the mood of the workers…
‘There is no doubt that they would prefer to be mining than being on the picket line without a doubt and with any luck maybe we’ll have them mining shortly, and that’s the purpose for getting back together with the employer and hopefully we can work through the issues and try to get a resolve that everybody can live with.
The collective agreement between Mount Polley and the workers expired on December 31st and the strike began on May 23rd following a brief lockout by the company.