Ontario mine workers walk off job

About two dozen non-unionized workers have walked off the job in a remote mining camp in northern Ontario — in an area known as the Ring of Fire — in protest of what they call unsafe conditions and unsatisfactory compensation.

The workers put out a statement late Sunday saying they had stopped working over the weekend.

They are independent contractors who were in the process of becoming staff of the U.S. company mining for chromite there, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.

However, the group has balked at what is says is an offer of $140 a day to work 14 hours daily, while being away from home and working 28 days straight with two-week breaks in-between.

Ralph Baxter, who said he is representing workers in the camp about 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., also expressed frustration with regard to conditions that include a lack of landing lights for helicopters, should one be needed at night to transport a worker seriously injured in the remote location.

The company had no comment on the situation when contacted Monday morning.

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