NEW YORK Taseko Mines
Ltd. has received a 72-hour strike notice from the Canadian
Auto Workers (CAW) union, which represents employees at the
companys majority-owned Gibraltar copper and molybdenum
mine in British Columbia.
The labor contract has expired
and "there are some outstanding issues that have to be dealt
with," CAW lead negotiator Peter Smith told AMM
Wednesday. The union and Taseko are working to agree on dates
for further negotiation, he added.
"Taseko remains firmly committed
to negotiating a new contract with the CAW and avoiding strike
action," the Vancouver-based company said.
The Gibraltar Mine, which
produced 23.7 million pounds of copper and 276,000 pounds of
molybdenum in the quarter ended Sept. 30, is owned 75 percent
by Taseko and 25 percent by Cariboo Copper Corp., a subsidiary
of Tokyo-based Sojitz Corp.