Striking Northern Ontario miners and their supporters this week demonstrated on Wall Street in New York, Bay Street in Canada, in Brazil and in London against Vale Inco.
“Vale has been trying to avoid our shining a light on their managerial record,” said USW Canadian National Director Ken Neumann. “Now it appears to be trying to hide from hard questions that might be raised by investors and the media.”
Strikers held a breakfast demonstration at a Vale Inco picket line in Sudbury, striking Steelworkers from Sudbury and Port Colborne were busy hand-billing and meeting investors outside the New York Stock Exchange, while other Steelworkers were joined by their Brazilian allies for a protest at Vale headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.
A similar demonstration is scheduled for London, when updates on contract negotiations in Canada and Brazil will be provided.
“We want to make it perfectly clear to Vale that we’re not going away, no matter where they run,” said Joe Guido, a USW Local 6500 member from Sudbury.
Some 3,500 Steelworkers from Sudbury, Port Colborne and Voisey’s Bay, N.L., have been on strike since July 13, 2009. The USW wants the company to return to the bargaining table in Canada and calls on its top management to rekindle negotiations.
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