Century Aluminum delays Kentucky lockout

Union to vote on revised labour deal
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 05/11/2015

HAWESVILLE, KENTUCKY (Reuters) — Unionized workers at Century Aluminum's Hawesville, Kentucky, smelter will vote on a revised labour deal after management agreed to postpone a lockout of staff at one of the biggest U.S. aluminum plants, the company said.

The United Steelworkers union has agreed to changes made to the company's last offer and a vote is scheduled for Monday, the Glencore-controlled company said in a statement at the weekend.

The lockout, which was due to start on Monday morning, will now begin on Tuesday at 9 a.m. EDT.

The labour offer — which union members have vetoed three times — included a 15-per cent pay hike over five years and would replace the deal that expired at the end of March.

The smelter with capacity to produce 244,000 tonnes per year is the fourth largest in the United States.

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