Collective agreement given green light for construction at Long Harbour

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Labour Minister Susan Sullivan today announced the provincial government has approved the issuance of a special project order (SPO) in relation to the construction of the Vale Inco hydromet plant in Long Harbour.

The approval is in accordance with Section 70 of the Labour Relations Act.

A SPO provides labour relations stability for the duration of a construction project by sanctioning the establishment of a labour relations framework that is uniquely tailored to the requirements of a particular project.

In issuing this SPO, the provincial government has legitimized the collective agreement negotiated between the Resource Development Trades Council of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and the Long Harbour Employer's Association (LHEA). The SPO ensures the establishment of a work site where there is a prohibition on strikes and/or lockouts for the duration of the project.

"Seeing business and labour working in partnership like this bodes well for future economic development and job creation, and will go a long way to building on our healthy labour relations climate in Newfoundland and Labrador," Sullivan said.

Dave Wade, executive director of the RDC, said they look forward to continuing the positive relations established with Vale Inco.

"Our member organizations are convinced that the provisions contained in our collective agreement, combined with our positive history of productivity and effective labour relations, will help us to recruit the highly skilled workers needed to support this project," Wade said.

Rinaldo Stefan, Vale Inco's project director for the Long Harbour processing plant, said that securing the special project order provides a solid operating framework for the construction phase for the Long Harbour Project.

"It marks another important milestone that allows us to move forward in a collaborative fashion with the various building trade unions that will be working on the site," he said.

Construction activity is planned to start Saturday, with peak construction employment expected to occur in 2011. The hydromet processing plant is expected to employ an average of 450 people when it becomes operational in 2013.

Organizations: RDC, Resource Development Trades Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, Long Harbour Employer

Geographic location: Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Anita
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Construction activity is planned to start Saturday.

    How many Newfoundlanders start work on it on Saturday ?

  • Anita
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Construction activity is planned to start Saturday.

    How many Newfoundlanders start work on it on Saturday ?