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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Goderich Councillor Relieved Salt Mine Strike Has Ended

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Trevor Bazinet says ratification of new contract at Compass Minerals good for workers and community.

A member of Goderich Council who had been vocal in his defence of workers at the Goderich salt mine, is relieved the UNIFOR strike against Compass Minerals is over.

Councillor Trevor Bazinet tells Country 104.9 News that ratification of a new three-year contract is good news for both the workers and the community.

The deal was accepted by the 348 members of UNIFOR Local 16-O on Monday, and they'll be back on the job Wednesday.

The contract calls for a 2.5 per cent wage increase this year and next, and a three per cent raise in 2020, while maintaining previous pension and benefits.

It does not include a company proposal that featured mandatory overtime, 16-hour shifts and 72-hour work weeks that had become a sticking point in negotiations.

Bazinet credits UNIFOR's 12-day blockade of the mine entrance with weakening Compass' resolve in continuing the dispute.

The blockade was designed to keep out replacement workers, many of whom were brought in from Quebec and New Brunswick.

He says the 80-day miners' strike was hurting Goderich-area businesses, who were dealing with reduced revenues.

The workers went on strike April 27th.

Their last three-year contract had expired at the end of March.

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