The steelworkers union has broken off talks with the management of the Alcoa and Rio-Tinto-owned ABI primary aluminum smelter in Quebec.
The parties still differ on "key issues," such as pension plan changes and "contract language related to seniority rights and employee turnover," the Steelworkers Local 9700 union said in a statement.
The union plans to meet with its members this week to discuss the state of the negotiations and said it will not be communicating with the media during the talks.
In May, a judge ordered ABI to stop using the services of non-union electrical employees and provide the state with a list of any recently hired workers.
ABI locked out more than 1,000 union employees on 11 January and has been operating only one of the facility's three potlines since then. When fully operational, the smelter is able to produce as much as 400,000 t/yr.
Overseas coal shipments from Indonesia, one of the world's largest exporters of thermal coal, rose by 12.24% to 281.03 MnT in January to August this year, from 250.4 MnT in the same period last year, data from the country's central bank, Bank Indonesia shows.
Saudi Arabia and Russia, both of whom have boosted their crude output in recent months, were responsible for a $15/b drop in the price of oil and "should cut at least 1 million b/d instantly", an OPEC delegate told S&P Global Platts.
US rolling mill JW Aluminum will spend $8.4mn to upgrade equipment at its Goose Creek, South Carolina, facility for handling 84-inch coil to be produced by other additions set to come online later.
Iranian First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri highlighted the reasons behind the recent surge in oil prices and said US President Donald Trump wrongly thought that the Saudis were able to replace the reduced share of the Islamic Republic in global oil markets.
Russian and Saudi energy ministers see rising geopolitical risk as driving the recent oil price increase at a time when there is sufficient supply in the market -- a view that resonated with many delegates at Russian Energy Week, as the industry prepares for Iran sanctions to come into force on November 4.
OPEC’s oil production in September rose by 90,000 bpd from August to 32.85 million bpd—the highest level so far this year, but a plunge in Iranian production partly offset higher production in Saudi Arabia, Angola, and Libya, according to the monthly Reuters survey of OPEC supply.