Human Resources, Labour and Employment
October 19, 2010
Minister Announces Appointments of
Industrial Inquiry Commission
to Address Voisey's Bay Strike
Today, the Provincial Government announced appointments for an
Industrial Inquiry Commission should the parties to the Voisey's Bay
strike be unsuccessful in reaching a collective agreement by end of
business day Friday, October 22. The Provincial Government previously
announced that should the parties to the Voisey's Bay strike fail to
come to a resolution to the 15-month old labour dispute, it would
convene an Industrial Inquiry Commission.
"The United Steelworkers and Vale have had almost two weeks to
resolve this labour dispute and while they have announced they will be
returning to the bargaining table on October 20, the Provincial
Government is ready to act in the event no settlement is reached," said
the Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and
Employment and Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency.
"Our government has gone to great lengths over the last 15 months to
work with the parties and help them bring an end to this dispute.
Despite our actions, the parties have been unable to reach a settlement
even with the conciliation support from the Labour Relations Agency and
the assistance of an independent mediator."
The Provincial Government is proceeding with the appointment of John
F. Roil, Q.C., as Inquiry Chairperson, and Randell Earle, Q.C., and
Brian R. Gatien as Inquiry Members, effective the end of business day
Friday, October 22, should the parties not reach an agreement.
The Provincial Government is requesting that the Inquiry complete its
report within two months of its appointment.
Under the Labour Relations Act, the Industrial Inquiry
Commission would have the powers to summon witnesses to give evidence,
compel the production of documents, enter and inspect workplaces, and
make recommendations to address its terms of reference.
"I strongly encourage the parties to use the remaining available time
to consider their positions, resolve this dispute and prevent the need
to appoint the Industrial Inquiry Commission," concluded Minister
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Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
John F. Roil, Q.C
. obtained his bachelor of arts degree in 1968
from Memorial University, his bachelor of laws degree in 1971 from
Dalhousie University, and his master of laws degree in 1972 from the
University of London, England. He was called to the Newfoundland and
Labrador Bar in 1972 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1988. Mr. Roil was
in the private practice of law for 29 years in Newfoundland and
Labrador. In later years, his practice focused primarily on labour and
employment law, municipal law and alternative dispute resolution. He has
also served as corporate counsel and corporate secretary for Marine
Atlantic, Inc. He continues a limited private practice as an arbitrator,
mediator and facilitator.
V. Randell J. Earle, Q.C.
obtained his bachelor of arts degree in
1970 from Memorial University and his bachelor of laws degree in 1973
from Queen's University. He was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador
Bar in 1974 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 1989. Mr. Earle is a
partner with O'Dea Earle Law Offices and practices in the areas of
labour and employment, personal injury, administrative law and civil
litigation. He has previously held positions with the Law Society of
Newfoundland and Labrador, including bencher and treasurer.
Brian R. Gatien
obtained his bachelor of commerce (hons.) degree
in 1974 from Laurentian University, his master of business
administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University
in 1975, and his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1978. He was
called to the Ontario Bar in 1980 and the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar
in 2009. From 1980 to 1985 Mr. Gatien was Director of Negotiations with
the Ontario Hospital Association, and since 1985 has practiced solely in
the field of labour relations law and acted as a human resources
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