Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Both Sides in Quebec ABI Smelter Lockout Agree to Resume Negotiations: Minister

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Both Sides in Quebec ABI Smelter Lockout Agree to Resume Negotiations: Minister

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Talks to resume in Quebec ABI smelter lockout

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MONTREAL - Management at the ABI aluminum smelter in Becancour, Que., agreed on Friday to restart negotiations with its 1,030 locked-out employees.

The announcement was made by Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien, who told reporters she had "satisfactory" meetings with both sides at her office in Quebec City.

"Very good meetings, we are very satisfied," she said. "Both sides are aware of the economic issues and they are ready to sit down again."

Management at the ABI smelter locked out its employees on Jan. 11. The smelter is 75 per cent owned by Pittsburgh-based Alcoa Corp. and 25 per cent by Montreal-headquartered Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.

A mediator is expected to contact both sides and schedule a meeting, Vien said, adding the dispute is between a private company and its employees and the government can't interfere. …

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