Deal reached to end 2-month Kitimat smelter strike

Mining giant Rio Tinto and Unifor Local 2301 have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, potentially ending a two-month long strike that impacted the B.C. North Coast economy throughout the summer.

“Both parties are satisfied that the proposed agreement will provide a foundation for respect in the workplace and underpin a competitive and sustainable future for B.C. Works, benefiting employees and their families, the company, and the broader community,” Rio Tinto and the union announced in a joint statement released Sept. 25, 2021.

Some 950 smelter and hydroelectric plant workers will vote on the deal in the coming days.  Ratification of the proposed collective agreement will end a bitter two-month long strike at Rio Tinto’s

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