September 26 (Reuters) – Rio Tinto and Canadian union Unifor have reached a tentative agreement on the work of the global miner in the province of British Columbia, in western Canada, the company said on Sunday.

The deal comes after weeks of second-round talks between the two sides after the first round of negotiations over proposed changes to workers’ pensions and unresolved grievances failed in July.

Unifor, which represents about 900 workers at Miner’s Kitimat Aluminum Smelter and Kemano Power Plant, called a strike at BC Works in July after the first round of talks failed.

“Both sides are confident that the proposed agreement will provide a basis for respect in the workplace and support a competitive and sustainable future for BC Works,” Rio Tinto said in a statement on its website Sunday.

The two sides, however, have refrained from revealing details of the deal until Unifor presents the proposed deal to its members and calls for a ratification vote, which is expected to take place in the coming days, Rio added. (Reporting by Sameer Manekar in Bangalore; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)


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