On behalf of four USW locals, representing more than 4,000 Teck employees in British Columbia, USW Western Canada Director Scott Lunny, has reserved syndicate support for the sale of Teck’s metallurgical coal operations (Elk Valley Resources) to Glencore plc, a Swiss multinational specializing in commodities trading and mining.
“ While we see a number of positive and broad commitments, such as maintaining jobs, a Vancouver-based headquarters with offices in Sparwood and Calgary, investments in recycling, water quality, training , development and other community initiatives, underlying concerns persist about Glencore’s role as a corporate entity, and the company’s lack of communication with the union, which makes us think twice before supporting fully agree,” says Scott Lunny.
“ These questions have been previously raised by Teck itself, as well as others in Canada,” he adds. “ We need to hear from Glencore directly, with enforceable commitments on the future of Elk Valley metallurgical coal operations, their treatment of workers and their commitment to communities. »
The USW has long been committed to raising standards in the mining industry at home and around the world. The union believes Canadians deserve and demand world-class standards to protect workers, communities and the environment.
“ We believe British Columbia mining operations are currently and must continue to be leaders in ESG (environmental, social and governance). This brings stability and certainty to our members, as well as permanent benefits to First Nations and investments across the province,” explains Scott Lunny. “ We require specific assurances and details on future plans for Elk Valley operations from Glencore, including its commitment to the Fording River Expansion (FRX) project, before we can consider supporting this sale. »
“ We understand that mining is a global industry, but we also know that it is very important to review acquisitions through a national security lens, particularly when considering the impact of the loss of Canadian companies. It is essential to evaluate these transactions in the context of economic supply chains and national interests,” emphasizes Scott Lunny.
The United Steelworkers and its members plan to actively follow and participate in the review required by the Canadian government under the Investment Canada Act. The union will call on the British Columbia provincial government to fully participate in this process.
The USW represents 225,000 members in nearly every economic sector across the country and is the largest private sector union in North America, with 850,000 members in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.
Every year, thousands of workers choose to join the United Steelworkers Union because of its solid track record in creating healthier, safer and more respectful workplaces, and in negotiating better working conditions and higher pay. fair, including good wages, good benefits and good pensions.
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