Feb. 29: Union Calls for Criminal Charges in Mine Deaths
The United Steelworkers is calling for criminal charges against officials and management for the deaths of two workers last year at the Stobie mine. It also demanded that the government immediately establish a commission of inquiry into mine safety. The union’s own investigation into these deaths concluded that Vale management ignored ongoing problems with flooding in the mine. The USW report made 165 recommendations to improve safety at Stobie and other Vale mines.