Xstrata Nickel has announced that the company’s Sudbury operation has reached a tentative agreement for a new Collective Agreement with USW-Local 2020, Unit 6855, which represents Xstrata Nickel’s Office, Clerical and Technical (OCT) employees. There are approximately 200 employees in the bargaining unit. The prior agreement expired on 28 February 2007. The new agreement has been unanimously recommended for acceptance by the Union’s bargaining team. Details of the agreement will be presented to union members and will be followed by ratification voting. In 2006 and 2007, labour agreements for all Xstrata Nickel operating sites were reached without work disruptions. Expiry of these contracts is as follows: Sudbury production and maintenance workers: 31 January 2010; Sudbury OCT workers: 28 Feb 2010 (pending ratification); Nikkelverk refinery (Kristiansand, Norway): 1 April 2008; Falcondo (Bonao, Dominican Republic): 30 November 2008; and Raglan (Nunavut, Quebec): 30 April 2011.