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Quebec aluminum smelter lockout comes at perilous time, says industry
The lockout was launched less than 24 hours after members of United Steelworkers Local 9700 voted more than 80 per cent to reject what the company called its final contract offer.
With Canadian smelters running at full capacity, any reduced output will be gobbled up by competitors from Russia, the Middle East, China and India.
The two sides were convened by a government mediator to meet Thursday in a bid to replace the five-year collective agreement that expired in November.
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