CHICAGO Globe Specialty
Metals Inc. has locked out workers at its plant in Becancour,
The lockout began at 3 a.m.
local time May 3, René Gauthier, an official with the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union (CEP), which
represents workers at the facility, told AMM.
"The company put us outside," he
said, adding that the New York-based silicon producer had
continued to demand concessions that the union considered
too severe and had accepted none of the propositions made by
No further negotiations are
scheduled, Gauthier said.
Globe issued a statement May 3
confirming it had "exercised its right to lockout union
employees" but didnt offer further comment.
Globe is the majority
stakeholder in the Becancour facility, officially known as
Quebec Silicon LP, which has an annual capacity of 47,000
tonnes of silicon metal.
The union had been prepared for
a lockout, but negotiations continued for several days after a
previous five-year labor contract expired at midnight April 30
amm.com, May 1).
Some sources had speculated that
Globe might not lock workers out in Canada after recently
filing a trade petition against imports of silicon from China
amm.com, April 23).