As The IAM enters its 6th week of strike action against our employer Hudbay, we are starting to get answers to many questions now.
It has now become obvious that Hudbay is trying to divide our unions. They have used their favorite bargaining tool of bullying and threatening its employees to get what they want. This company relies on creating fear.
Why would management hang the threat of locking out its employees if it was a fair and decent contract?
Why would management put an expiration date on it before it became null and void?
If it was a contract that management was proud of, why not let the employees decide without the manipulation?
It’s unfortunate that some have signed for only scraps and trimmings, while the entire steak still remained on the table.
The electrical, carpenter and boilermaker unions have now been meeting with management and now are bringing the final offer that the steelworkers ratified last week. The offer was recommended for a $500 signing bonus. Over the 3 year agreement it works out to $0.08/hr.
How can this be right?
The steelworkers signed for a wage increase of 16.9% over the duration of the contract.
Why must we settle for only 10.9%?
Aren’t we worth more than labourers?
Skilled workers go to school and our mentored for 4 to 5 years until they are complete.
Industry standard in the Pas and Thompson for trades is $7/hr more.
How could any of us settle for any less?
No new language to our broken grievance procedure is present. It’s impossible to resolve any of our issues. It must be fixed.
Contractors are taking our jobs without any recourse. Contracting out language must be changed so we can keep our jobs, where they belong, with us.
Each final offer is getting better, but we can only get what we want if we fight.
Help us win this fight. Together we can do better. Together, this fight will be won faster.
We cannot accept second class wages.
We must create a new grievance procedure that is efficient and resolves our issues in a timely manner.
Stop contracting out our jobs.
The IAM, consisting of trades just like yourself, rejected the offer by 96%.
We cannot accept bread crumbs anymore.
Only together can we stand tall.
We must have a strong voice.
Send them back to the table.
Tell Hudbay “WE WILL ONLY ACCEPT WHAT WE DESERVE!”