Employers Happy Voisey’s Bay Staying Local

No broader recommendations in the first report
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/19/2011

Employers in Newfoundland and Labrador are relieved in the wake of the Voisey’s Bay Industrial Inquiry.

The inquiry commission recently made public its probe into the 17-month old strike at Vale’s nickel operation in Labrador. The report was critical of both Brazilian mining giant Vale and the United Steelworkers for the lengthy labour dispute, and recommended an agreement aimed at ending it.

The commission stopped short, however, of making over-arching statements about the state of labour relations in the province, nor did it make recommendations to avoid future disputes — for now. That’s exactly the outcome Richard Alexander, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employer’s Council, was hoping for.