An effort to get negotiations going again between the Steelworkers Union and the Iron ore Company of Canada has failed.
The negotiating teams for both sides were asked by the conciliator to meet in Sept-Iles, QC, those meetings which were to start Thursday ended today Friday, March 16.
“We walked away from talks because the company refused to remove concessions from the table," Union President Ron Thomas told the Aurora.
Those concessions include, changes to pension, extended vacation, retirement, and others.
The union negotiating team will return tomorrow, Saturday March 17, and meet with the executive.
Information sessions for union members will be held Tuesday March 20, 9 p.m. and Wednesday March 21, 9 a.m.
The Aurora contacted IOC for a statement regarding this latest development. A spokesperson for the company says they are not making any comment at this time.
A strike vote is now planned for March 23rd.