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Myra Falls miners vote to strike

Bargaining continues as Nystar and union officials attempt to avoid a strike Wednesday at the Myra Falls mine near Campbell River.

On Friday, miners voted 99.5 per cent in favour of walking off the job  if a new contract agreement is not reached.

"Our local is in a strike position on Monday, following a 72-hour notice to the company," said Shine Boyce, in a news release to members that appeared on the union's website.

"This does not mean that we will be on strike Monday. It means that we are in a legal position to strike."

Negotiations with Nystar are continuing today and Tuesday. The strike vote was held after four meetings in two days failed to produce a new contract.

The key issue is wages with miners believed to be looking for $3-$5 more per hour, based on comparable wages at other B.C. mines.

Nystar officials have not yet commented on the strike vote.

According to the company website, the Myra Falls operation – located approximately 90 kilometres west of Campbell River in Strathcona Provincial Park – employs 282 people.

The mine produces zinc, copper and lead concentrates, along with silver and gold.

According to Boyce, contract updates will be posted at the Union Hall in Campbell River as well as on the website www.CAWlocal.ca/3019

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