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Don’t touch scab nickel

Issue No. 2188

Nickel products made by scab labour in Canada are heading for a refinery in Wales.

Around 3,200 workers at the Vale Inco smelter complex in Sudbury, Ontario, have been on strike for seven months.

But the company restarted work at the plant last month using scabbing managers, non-union workers and outside contractors.

Now a ship full of scab-produced “matte” – processed nickel concentrate – is heading towards Vale Inco’s “The Mond” nickel refinery in Clydach, Swansea.

The workers are members of the United Steelworkers union, which is part of international union Workers Uniting. The British affiliate is the Unite union, which has members at the Swansea plant.

Unite has called for solidarity with the Vale Inco workers in the form of messages and donations. Now workers should refuse to handle the scab nickel.

Right to Work campaigners in Swansea are planning to leaflet “The Mond” to call for solidarity.

For more information on the leafleting call Seb on 07930 154 764

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Tue 9 Feb 2010, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2188
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