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Vale Inco workers in Sudbury, Ont., have voted 88.7 per cent to reject the company's latest contract offer.

Their colleagues at the nickel miner's operation in Port Colborne, Ont., cast their votes today.

The offer was presented to the union bargaining committee on Sunday during exploratory talks with a mediator in Toronto.

Steelworkers union leader John Fera says he's not happy the eight-month long strike will continue, but says there is no choice. The union had recommended that members reject the offer.

Vale Inco spokesman Steve Ball says the company still hopes to find a settlement that protects the business in the long term and meets employee needs.

However, no new talks are planned to resolve the strike, which involves about 3,000 workers in Sudbury and another 130 in Port Colborne. They've been on strike over pensions, nickel bonuses and seniority transfer rights since July 13.