Vale SA settles with Brazilian workers as Canadian strike continues

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SUDBURY, Ont. - Vale SA says it has settled contracts with 14 unions representing 40,000 workers at its operations in Brazil.
The agreements come as a strike continues by some 3,500 workers at Vale Inco operations, primarily in the Sudbury, Ont., area.
The United Steelworkers Union says the Brazilians resisted concession demands and will get a seven per cent raise over two years.
John Fera, president of USW Local 6500 in Sudbury, says the Canadian strike would be over if Vale abandoned "mean-spirited demands for concessions."
He adds that if and when Vale drops demands for "major, unnecessary concessions, this dispute will be resolved."
The Canadian strike began July 13th at Vale Inco facilities in Sudbury, Port Colborne, Ont., and Voisey's Bay, NL. Key issues include proposed changes to a pension plan, a reduced nickel bonus and limits on transfer rights among operations.

Organizations: United Steelworkers Union, USW Local 6500

Geographic location: SUDBURY, Brazil, Port Colborne

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