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Norwegian union strikes in support of CAW members at Falconbridge

TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - The Norwegian Chemical Workers Union, NKIF - Local 40 has voted over 90% in favour of declaring a sympathy strike in support of CAW members, Local 598 at Falconbridge in Sudbury starting Sunday, November 12th.

The Norwegian workers are also employed by Falconbridge. They refine material produced by Falconbridge in Sudbury and from other company locations around the world. More than 500 union members work at the Norwegian refinery, which is one of the world's largest.

The Norwegian union has taken the unprecedented action because the company is attempting to force the Sudbury workers to take major concessions in their collective agreement. In addition to the 5-day strike action the NKIF has also decided to:

Hemi Mitic, assistant to CAW president Buzz Hargrove, said that this is the first time he can recall this kind of international solidarity being implemented in support of workers in another country.

-0- 10/25/2000

For further information: please contact Hemi Mitic at (416) 565-3677; or Rolly Gauthier at (705) 673-3661

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