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Compass mine blockaded by striking workers

July 4, 2018

GODERICH—Miners represented by Unifor, frustrated by the company’s continued use of replacement workers at the world’s largest salt mine, have blockaded access to the road used during shift change.

“Crossing a picket line is shameful behaviour that cannot be tolerated,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “No job is worth stealing food from another worker’s family.”

Unifor Local 16-O has been on strike since April 27, fighting against a long list of concessions including mandatory overtime, reducing benefits, and weakening the contracting-out provisions in the collective agreement.

Compass Minerals has contracted Vic Progressive Drilling to fly in replacement workers from New Brunswick to break the strike and weaken the union’s position.

“I’ve been to the picket line and I've spoken with miners on this picket line. I know that they have an iron-clad resolve,” said Dias. “Goderich miners have the full backing of our entire union.”

On June 28, more than 500 supporters and fellow Unifor members attended a barbecue hosted by Unifor to thank the community for its continued support.

Local 16-O represents 348 miners in production, shipping, and maintenance at the Compass Minerals mine in Goderich.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at or 778-903-6549 (cell).