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SYDNEY After three years of postponed negotiations the Cape Breton Development Corporation has agreed to begin contract talks with mine supervisors and security personal, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2046. Bargaining dates have been set for March 28 and 29.

A representative for the employees, Jacquie Bramwell, says the miners have lost faith in the proposed new owner, Oxbow, which has not responded to any communications from the union since August of last year.

These employees are tired of being strung along by the corporation and the government and they just want to get on with their lives, says Bramwell. They were told they would be negotiating with Oxbow, but that hasnt happened. Right now Devco is still the employer, and these employees have issues that need to be dealt with.

Local 2046 president Leo Gracie says the miners are frustrated after two years without a collective agreement, but says theyre not willing to bargain on speculation.

Were not going to go through what Sysco went through with Dufferco hammering out a collective agreement only to find out the agreements not worth the paper its printed on, he says. The only way well negotiate with Oxbow is if theyre the true owners. Were not going to sit down with a ghost.

CUPE represents approximately 50 mine supervisors and security personal at the Cape Breton Development Corporation.

For more information please contact Jacquie Bramwell at 539-4933 or Leo Gracie at 564-7622 or 842-1003.