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OGBL to give ArcelorMittal talks another chance
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OGBL to give ArcelorMittal talks another chance

29.11.2013 From our online archive
OGBL delegates on Thursday evening decided to give talks for a new collective working agreement with ArcelorMittal another chance, but also said that strike action remains an option.

(CS/mig) OGBL delegates on Thursday evening decided to give talks for a new collective working agreement with ArcelorMittal another chance, but also said that strike action remains an option.

While the labour union said that it was furious about the lack of compromise shown by the steel company over nine days of annual leave, which ArcelorMittal wants to cut, OGBL delegates agreed to further talks.

However, a December 13 deadline was also set. Should no agreement be reached by then, the union intends to conduct a vote among its members to determine whether workers would support a strike or whether the union should accept ArcelorMittal's offer as it stands.

The LCGB had already decided on November 19 to continue negotiations with ArcelorMittal.

Talks at the national conciliation office between both parties failed earlier this month, leaving the way open for unions to declare the negotiations as failed and paving the way for strike action.

The current collective working agreement expires on November 30, and around 3,300 workers will be covered by only basic labour law until a new agreement is signed.