LRB ruling on fired Vale workers significant: Lawyer

Refusal to discuss strikers means employer did not make every effort to reach agreement
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 03/12/2012

An Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) ruling against mining giant Vale could impact future collective bargaining, according to at least one employment lawyer.

The OLRB ruled Vale violated provincial labour laws by refusing to provide recourse for nine workers fired during a year-long strike.

While the company said it had valid reasons for letting them go, including misconduct on the picket line, the board said that was not the issue.