Rio Tinto, Unifor Local 2301 reach agreement which could end strike at Kitimat Works
Published Monday, September 27, 2021 6:35AM PDT
File Image -- Unifor pickets at Rio Tinto Kitimat Works July 2021 -- CFTK-TV
KITIMAT, B.C. -- The nine-week-old strike at Rio Tinto's Kitimat Works may be coming to an end.
The company and Unifor Local 2301 issued a joint statement Saturday, saying they had reached an agreement-in-principle on a new Collective Labour Agreement for BC Works.
The statement says both parties are satisfied that the proposed Agreement will provide a foundation for respect in the workplace and underpin a competitive and sustainable future for BC Works, benefitting employees and their families, the company, and the broader community.
The parties have also reached an agreement-in-principle for a Memorandum of Understanding on a new way of working together and on a return to work protocol.
Details of the tentative agreement are not being released until the union's members get a look at it and hold a ratification vote.
The strike began July 25th after several weeks of negotiations failed resolve issues surrounding proposed changes to workers' retirement benefits and unresolved grievances.