Workers at Gibraltar mine vote to strike

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WILLIAMS LAKE—Members of Unifor Local 3018 have voted 98% in favour of taking legal strike action against Gibraltar Mines if a fair settlement cannot be reached in May 2024.

“The employer’s bargaining committee must get serious about resolving key outstanding issues if it wants to avoid strike action,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. 

Unifor negotiators say that the company is resisting wage increases and recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday nor the Leave for Traditional Aboriginal Practices outlined in the federal labour code.

Taseko and Unifor began contract negotiations in February 2024. At the time, Unifor members highlighted wages, safety improvements, and equitable workplace accountability as the top priorities.

Negotiations continue this week in Williams Lake and, if necessary, more meeting dates are scheduled at the end of May towards the contract deadline.

Taseko owns and operates the Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine. It is the second largest open-pit copper mine in Canada and the largest employer in the Cariboo region. The current collective agreement expires on May 31.

Local 3018 represents 550 workers at the copper mine north of Williams Lake in British Columbia.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at @email or 778-903-6549 (cell).

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Ian Boyko

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