Sudbury, ON — Within hours of reaching a legal strike position, 3,300 workers at Inco Ltd. of Toronto shut down the company’s mining operations in Sudbury, Ont., yesterday. The strike affects seven mines, a smelter, a mill and two refineries.
With its contract expired, and no new agreement signed, the United Steelworkers’ Local 6500 was in a legal strike position as of midnight May 28, 2003. A favourable strike vote was taken on May 27. The strike also affects the company’s refinery in Port Colborne, Ont., as well as the Sudbury facilities.
Maintenance of the facility during the strike will be handled by non-unionized staff.
Last year, the mines produced over 100 million kg of nickel and over 100 million kg of copper. Inco produces roughly 9 per cent of the world supply of nickel.