Strike at Brunswick Smelter in Belledune reaches two month mark


A labour dispute at the Brunswick Smelter in Belledune has reached the two-month mark, and though morale is high, the union representing striking workers says they're ready to get back to work.

But United Steelworkers Local 7085 president Bart Dempsey says that won't happen unless Glencore, the company that owns the smelter, removes concessions for workers from the bargaining table.

Meanwhile, the Northern Light recently reported smelter manager Marc Duchesne as saying $65 million to upgrade the facility could be cancelled if the labour dispute continues.

Some union members say that's just a tactic to scare workers into accepting an unfair offer.

Dempsey says workers have already contributed $20 million towards the modernization project and now Glencore is asking for more.