EDMONTON, Oct. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - XL Foods Inc. announced the temporary layoff of approximately 2,000 employees at the Brooks, Alberta facility today.
"It is with deep regret we have announced the temporary layoff of 2,000 employees today. For the past three weeks employees have received full pay on their 32 hour weekly guarantee with few scheduled shifts available. We have paid our valued team members out of a commitment to our workforce and to assist them through this difficult time." said Brian Nilsson, Co-CEO of XL Foods.
XL Foods has worked with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency ("CFIA") through the issuance of a temporary license to demonstrate the implementation of enhanced protocols. CFIA has not provided a definitive timeline for relicensing of the Brooks, Alberta facility. It is this uncertainty that has forced the temporary layoffs. We look forward to actively working with the CFIA to bring this to a viable and timely resolution to allow the plant to recommence operations.
Brian Nilsson reinforced "XL Foods is committed to the best interests of the cattle industry, our employees, the city of Brooks and all affected by the idling of the Brooks facility. We are hopeful that the CFIA will bring this to a swift and viable resolution."
XL Foods appreciates the dedication and effort that all team members have demonstrated throughout this stressful time. The return to work for our employees and the processing of cattle for the Western Canadian beef industry will remain our top priority.
SOURCE: XL Foods Inc.
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