Vale’s management ‘autocratic’ USW

Nov 22, 2010 | 02:04 PM |

The head of the United Steelworker's Union (USW) blasted Vale S.A. management for its handling of Inco since taking over the Canadian operation in 2007. "It's the Vale management style—a very autocratic management style," Leo Gerard, international president of the USW, told AMM. "(It's) a radical departure from the way Inco used to work with us."

Vale did not respond despite repeated attempts for comment.

Gerard took issue with the way the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based company enforced a collective bargaining agreement at its Newfoundland and Labrador operations, arguing that it provided lower wages than the recently completed agreement in Sudbury, Ontario. "There's no reason for it," Gerard said, noting that the cost of living in Newfoundland and Labrador are higher than in Sudbury. A strike continues at the Voiseys Bay operation in Newfoundland.....

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