Vale to Resume Nickel Operations in Labrador, Canada

26 January 2010 (Last Updated January 26th, 2010 18:30)

Vale’s Canadian unit Vale Inco will restart nickel mining and milling activities at Canada’s Voisey’s Bay using miners that have not taken part in a United Steelworkers (USW) Strike. The move to restart output comes after the company and the USW failed to reach a consensus during contra

Vale’s Canadian unit Vale Inco will restart nickel mining and milling activities at Canada’s Voisey’s Bay using miners that have not taken part in a United Steelworkers (USW) Strike.

The move to restart output comes after the company and the USW failed to reach a consensus during contract negotiations.

Since 1 August 2009 production at the Voisey’s Bay operations has been stopped with miners going on strike in a bid to support fellow miners at the company’s Sudbury operations.

The company recently held negotiations with the miners after presenting a new offer.

Vale spokesman Bob Carter said the local USW negotiating team has been unable to negotiate so far with the Newfoundland and Labrador authorities.

"The restart enables us to provide meaningful employment for the more than 250 employees who are not on strike and it helps meet the needs of our customers who rely on us," Carter said.

Vale, early this month, resumed operations at its Sudbury, Ontario, smelter since miners began a strike during the summer.