If you need salt, you're in for a hunt because it looks like the strike at Windsor Salt might go on indefinitely.
The company that owns Windsor Salt said contract talks are suspended after an employee was beaten late Wednesday night.
According to a statement from Windsor Salt Ltd., three masked individuals entered the Ojibway property shortly before midnight. Armed with baseball bats, they ambushed and repeatedly struck an employee.
“Fortunately, the victim’s injuries are not life-threatening, and he is expected to make a full recovery,” read the statement.
“In light of this despicable and unprovoked criminal action, the company is suspending further negotiations with the union.”
The employee’s identity or job description has not been disclosed.
Unifor Local 240, one of the two locals representing striking employees, has confirmed on its Facebook page that an alleged incident is being investigated. The other is Unifor Local 1959.
Windsor Salt and Morton Salt were sold in 2020 to Stone Canyon Holdings and Mark Demetree.
The new owners have certainly taken a stubborn approach to negotiating with the unions at the two mines in Ontario.