Montreal, QC — Oct. 18, 2002 — Talks resumed yesterday between Noranda Inc. of Toronto and the union at its Horne copper smelter in Quebec. More than 500 maintenance and production workers at the site have been on strike for four months.
Le Syndicat des Travailleurs de la Mine Noranda began the strike June 18. The union’s contract with Toronto-based Noranda had expired in Feburary.
Yesterday, an agreement was reached to restart negotiations on Oct. 28, 2002. Key issues of contention are seniority, the use of subcontractors and health benefits.
Noranda has continued to operate the smelter at more than 70 per cent of its capacity during the strike.