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Globe locks out workers at Quebec silicon plant

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CHICAGO — Globe Specialty Metals Inc. has locked out workers at its plant in Becancour, Quebec.

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 the union.

No further negotiations are scheduled, Gauthier said.

Globe issued a statement May 3 confirming it had "exercised its right to lockout union employees" but didn’t 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 (, 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 (, April 23).

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