Fort Sask refinery workers win 13% raise

The new 3-year contract includes wage increases that should help workers afford inflationary increases to the cost of living.

In the bargaining update published last month, Alberta Jobs, Economy, and Northern Development indicated that Local 530A of Unifor had recently settled negotiations on a new contract with Sherritt International.

The 3-year contract was settled on 23 March 2023 and will cover over 350 workers. The previous contract expired in March 2022, so this retroactive contract will expire in March 2025.

Sherring International is a mining company based out of Toronto. They own a nickel and cobalt processing facility in Fort Saskatchewan.

Ultimately, the Unifor and Sherritt bargaining teams reached an impasse in negotiations and had to go to mediation.

Eventually, the two parties had agreed on a new contract which includes a 13% increase over the life of the contract, broken down by year below:

1st year6.0%
2nd year3.5%
3rd year3.5%

The previous contract, which was only 2 years long, saw 2% increases in each year of the contract.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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