In a joint news release today, the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) and Dominion Diamond Mines ULC announced that bargaining unit members at the Ekati mine have voted in favour of the tentative agreement of June 25, 2018 between the parties.
With ratification by both parties now confirmed, the terms of the new agreement will take effect immediately. The new agreement will address several ongoing concerns at the Ekati mine and will result in about 150 bargaining unit roles earmarked for potential contracting out being retained.
“Our preference in this situation was to be able to come to an agreement with the union, so we are pleased that the union membership has voted to ratify the agreement,” says Chief Executive Officer Patrick Evans. “This is a positive development for Ekati and its employees.”
“This new agreement provides job security for our members at the Ekati mine for years to come, which is important,” says UNW President Todd Parsons. “This is good news not only for the union and its members but also for Dominion and the North.”