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Union at Highland Valley Copper mine serves 72-hour strike notice

The earliest date any strike action could start is Jan. 16, after mediated talks, which are scheduled to be held on Jan. 14
Highland Valley Copper
The Highland Valley Copper mine is near Logan Lake, about 50 minutes southwest of Kamloops.

More than 1,000 workers at Highland Valley Copper mine near Logan Lake could be off the job by Sunday, Jan. 16.

United Steelworkers 7619 has issued a 72-hour strike notice to the company, Teck Resources announced in a news release issued on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

The earliest date any strike action could start is this coming Sunday after mediated talks, which are scheduled to be held this Friday, according to Teck.

The strike notice entitles the union to potentially begin strike action in three days and 48 hours after the mediator reports to the Labour Relations Board following these next negotiations.

The union represents 1,048 workers at the mine that is about 50 minutes southwest of Kamloops. Employees have been without a new contract since Sept. 30, 2021.

KTW has a call in to United Steelworkers 7619 union president Kyle Wolff and is awaiting a response.

Highland Valley produces copper and molybdenum concentrates.

Once processed, the metal concentrates are exported overseas, where the majority is sold under long-term sales contracts to smelters.

Copper production in 2021 was predicted to be between 128,000 and 133,000 tonnes, while annual copper production from 2022 to 2024 is expected to be between 135,000 and 165,000 tonnes per year.