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Union Plans to Stop Aluminum Shipping

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Union Plans to Stop Aluminum Shipping

Aluminum smelter in Straumsvík.

The aluminum smelter in Straumsvík. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The union Hlíf has agreed to a limited work stoppage at Rio Tinto Alcan in Iceland as of February 24, RÚV reports. That decision entails that no aluminum will be loaded onboard ships in Straumsvík harbor.

This was revealed in a statement from Kolbeinn Gunnarsson, head of the union. Negotiations regarding the renewal of a wage agreement between Rio Tinto/SA-Confederation of Icelandic Employers and Hlíf Union have been fruitless, Kolbeinn states.

A negotiating committee for the unions decided at the beginning of February to seek permission for the preparation and announcement of a work stoppage at Rio Tinto Alcan.

“Subsequently, a proposal was accepted for a limited work stoppage for an undefined period of time for those members of Hlíf Union who are members of the company’s transport team and who work on the dock and in that area on loading aluminum onboard ships,” Kolbeinn writes.

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