Voisey's Bay strike catalyst for scab debate

Employers reject replacement worker law, push for final offer votes
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/03/2010

The debate over anti-replacement worker legislation is heating up in Newfoundland and Labrador following the appointment of an industrial inquiry to look into an ongoing dispute at a nickel mine in Voisey’s Bay.

More than 200 workers at the Vale mine have been on strike for 16 months. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams recently appointed the three-person inquiry to, among other things, make recommendations on whether provincial legislation needs to be changed to resolve the standoff.