With officials from UNIFOR and Rio Tinto set to explore the prospect of renewing their labour discussions this week, Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Taylor Bachrach has forwarded a letter to Ivan Vella the Chief Executive Aluminum at Rio Tinto outlining some of his concerns over the lack of progress in negotiations.
Workers at the Kitimat and Kemano locations left their duties on July 25th and have been on the picket line for over almost a month, with little forward momentum seen in negotiations, or even negotiations in recent weeks.
Towards that theme the MP has urged a return to the bargaining table, placing himself firmly on the side of the UNIFOR membership on the issue of using union employees on production activities over the use of contract labour and calling for the resolution of hundreds of outstanding grievances.
Mr. Bachrach also calls attention to the success of the Rio Tinto facility in the Northwest and how the multi national company has benefited from the resources of the Northwest.
The full text of his correspondence, which has also been relayed through the MP's social media streams can be reviewed below: