The Horne Foundry, in Rouyn-Noranda.
The United Steelworkers announces that it is supporting Glencore in its plan to reduce atmospheric emissions at the Horne Smelter in Rouyn-Noranda.
The Steelworkers represent more than 1,500 Glencore workers, including nearly 400 at the CCR Montreal East Refinery, where the copper anodes made at the Horne Smelter are purified.
Last week, the union was met by the company, which presented a plan to reduce arsenic and greenhouse gas emissions. Following this meeting, the Steelworkers affirm that they support the multinational Glencore in its approach.
“We are confident that with the money injected, Glencore will be able to reduce its arsenic and carbon emissions even more significantly. More than 3000 direct and indirect jobs depend on it. »
— Dominic Lemieux, Quebec director of the Steelworkers
Remember that Glencore plans to invest $1.5 billion in the copper smelter by 2032 in order to modernize its facilities and thus reduce the quantity of metals it emits.
The United Steelworkers union emphasizes that this investment represents a major commitment, and insists on the fact that; a closure of the Horne Smelter is not a solution.
According to Dominic Lemieux, relocating or closing the smelter would only transfer environmental issues to another region , and asks the government not to ignore Glencore's plan.