Train conductors strike: the AAC asks the government to take action to avoid a strike

Montreal, May 29, 2017 – The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) is calling on the Government of Canada to act quickly and take the necessary steps to avoid the disastrous effects this strike could have on the economy of Quebec and Canada.


The train conductors’ strike mandate voted last Saturday would have a major impact on the operations of our aluminium smelters in Quebec, particularly with respect to the shipment of metal from Sept-Îles, Baie-Comeau, Bécancour and the whole of the Saguenay region. Moreover, operations in British Columbia and Alberta will also be affected. These plants have to resort to complex and more costly logistical options, given the considerable demand from the overall industrial sector.


The financial and logistical impact on our operations would be in the millions of dollars in an already challenging market environment for our businesses. Aluminium is a commodity market that does not allow any transfer of additional costs to purchasing customers. It is in this context, and taking into account the intense competition we face in our export markets, that the AAC is asking the government to intervene quickly.



About the Aluminium Association of Canada (

The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) is a non-profit organization representing three Canadian world-class aluminium producers: Alcoa, Alouette, and Rio Tinto operating ten smelters in Canada and employing over 9,000 workers.


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Source :

Jean Simard

Aluminium Association of Canada

514 288-4842, ext. 225

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