MINERS STAGE STRIKE
AT COMINCO SMELTERFive unions representing 3,700 workers at Cominco Ltd.'s lead and zinc smelter at Trail, British Columbia, and at its Kimberly mining site went on strike Monday morning, union officials said. Negotiations between the two sides broke off Saturday following a final attempt to resolve the contract dispute. The previous three-year contract expired on June 30.
The current three-year contract was ratified only after the union went on strike for four months in May 1987.
The Trail smelter in 1989 produced 272,900 metric tons of zinc and 103,500 tons of lead. It also produced 11,255,000 ounces of silver and 40,800 ounces of gold.
The Kimberly mines in 1989 produced 1,653,000 tons of milled ore, graded on average at 5.4 percent zinc and 4.4 percent lead.
EC BEET SUGAR OUTPUT
SEEN RISING IN 1990-91
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Commission Monday said it expected the EC's 1990-91 sugar beet output to reach 14.18 million metric tons raw value, up 106,000 tons on 1989-90 levels.
The commission also estimated that EC consumption of sugar in the 1990-91 campaign would be close to 11.0 million tons, from 10.88 million tons in 1989-90.
It said that plantings of sugar beet were up by 43,000 hectares, a rise of 2.5 percent on 1989-90, with the biggest increases being in France, West Germany and Ireland. It did not give a figure for total plantings.
Sugar production was forecast at 7.49 tons a hectare, slightly down on the previous year's level.
With the addition of cane sugar production from French overseas dependencies and Spain, and of sugar obtained from molasses, total EC production was estimated at 14.5 million tons compared with 14.33 in 1989-90.