A contempt of court application against several wildcat strikers who helped temporarily shut down construction at Vale's massive nickel processing facility in eastern Newfoundland has been pushed to December.

Vale is pursuing legal action against four workers accused of ignoring a court-ordered injunction to end the wildcat strike last month in Long Harbour.

Lawyers for the company and unions appeared in Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday, with two of the workers representing themselves.

Crane operators started the illegal strike in mid-July, when they walked off the job with claims that they were not being compensated fairly.

Vale had to go to court twice before workers ended the strike.

The contempt of court application is now scheduled to be heard Dec. 3.

Justice Deborah Paquette said all parties should have a chance to carefully review a "significant" amount of evidence in the case.