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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Striking Goderich Salt Mine Workers Block Access Road

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Pallets now blocking road to keep replacement workers from entering property, as strike enters 11th week.

Photo courtusy of Grey-Bruce Labour Council 

As Mother Nature has turned up the heat on Goderich, so UNIFOR Local 16-O has turned up the heat on Compass Minerals, in defence of a new contract for workers at the salt mine.

Striking union members imposed a blockade at the mine entrance Wednesday evening, supported by many Goderich residents who parked their cars along North Harbour Road.

The object of the blockade is to keep replacement workers from entering the mine property.

A number of OPP officers were present along North Harbour Road through the evening.

Compass Minerals last month said replacement workers would be brought in, to keep up salt production and facility maintenance.

Local 16-O President Glenn Sonier says the union is following through on a promise made at last week's rally at Lions' Harbour Park, to pressure Compass back to the bargaining table.

He says the workers are prepared to keep up the blockade until bargaining resumes.

Sonier says he's gratified that locals showed up in support of the blockade Wednesday, saying that the community feels the effect when mine workers are hurt.

UNIFOR and Compass are close on monetary issues in a new collective agreement, but the union is defiant against a Compass proposal on schedules among other working conditions.

The proposal would see some workers put in as much at 72 hours a week on the job.

Mine workers walked out on April 27th, after their last three-year contract expired earlier this year.


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