TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Layoffs at PotashCorp announced this
morning will be felt in communities across central Saskatchewan, says
Unifor, the union representing many of the workers at the mine in
Lanigan, Saskatchewan, where 440 jobs are being cut.
Unifor Local 922 will meet with company officials this afternoon to
discuss details of the layoff and to finalize the list of those
affected. About 212 of the layoffs at Lanigan are members of Unifor.
Many of those workers live outside Lanigan, just east of Saskatoon, and
commute to work. That means the layoffs, effective immediately and
announced just three weeks before Christmas, will affect several small
communities in rural Saskatchewan, Local 922 President Rick Suchy said.
"This is quite a shock. I got a call at 5am to meet with the company to
get the news," Suchy said.
Workers at the mine were told shortly after as they arrived to start
their shifts, with many told to go home immediately. This afternoon's
meeting will discuss layoff and bumping provisions in the union
contract, which calls for 8 weeks' severance pay for a permanent
"The timing of this layoff will make for a very difficult Christmas for
many families," said Scott Doherty Unifor Western Director.
Local 922 represents 450 workers at PotashCorp. Unifor represents more
than 300,000 workers in every major sector of the economy, and was
formed Labour Day weekend with the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers
with the Communications Energy and Paperworkers union.
For further information:
For more information, contact Unifor Western Director Scott Doherty at (604) 868-6627 (cell), Unifor Local President Rick Suchy at (306) 360-7723 (cell), or Unifor Communications Stuart Laidlaw (647) 385-4054 (cell).