Nunavik | Three-week strike at Glencore’s Raglan mine

Another demonstration took place on Thursday morning, this time in Rouyn-Noranda, after a three-week strike at the Raglan mine, which belongs to the multinational Glencore.

On May 27, 630 workers, members of the Steelworkers union, affiliated with the FTQ, went on an indefinite strike at the Raglan mine in Nunavik.

These workers come from outside and come to work at the Nunavik mining camp on a rotational basis, by air shuttle — what is called “fly in fly out”.

As a result, demonstrations have been organized by the Steelworkers union near the airports of the municipalities from which these workers come. Thursday, Rouyn-Noranda was affected, after Montreal and Quebec.

Union members had previously voted 97.5% in favor of a strike mandate, at meetings held in several municipalities in Quebec.

These employees often work 21 consecutive days, 11 hours a day, reports the union.

Several points are in dispute, including the use of subcontractors, holidays, wages, breaks and a full meal hour.

Nickel ore is extracted at the Raglan mine, as well as copper and cobalt.

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