August 12, 2014 11:39 am

Labour dispute looming at Saskatchewan Cameco mines

Unionized workers at Cameco mines in northern Saskatchewan vote to strike as contract talks head to conciliation.

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SASKATOON – Unionized workers at Cameco mines in northern Saskatchewan have voted to strike to back contract demands.

The workers at Key Lake and McArthur River, who are members of United Steelworkers Local 8914, have voted 92 per cent in favour of strike action.

They have been without a contract since the end of December.

According to the company, bargaining started in November 2013 and the parties are now at the conciliation stage.

The next set of meetings are slated for the end of August and the parties will be in a strike or lockout on Aug. 30.

Cameco says there is a risk to production if an agreement is not reached and a work stoppage occurs.

There has never been a strike at a Cameco mine.

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