British Columbia: A union representing 550 workers at a copper-molybdenum mine in British Columbia’s Central Interior is ready to strike if a new contract isn’t reached by Friday’s end. Unifor Local 3018 states that workers at Taseko’s Gibraltar Mine seek fair wages, robust safety measures, and fair treatment. Despite weeks of negotiations, the company hasn’t presented substantial proposals. The current collective agreement expires on May 31. The mine, near Williams Lake, is Canada’s second-largest open-pit copper mine and the largest employer in the Cariboo region. Members voted 98% in favor of striking if no deal is reached. Taseko states negotiations are ongoing, expressing commitment to a fair agreement. Unifor emphasizes Taseko’s need to address key issues seriously to avert a strike.

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