Canadian Manufacturing

Vale dumps 1,000 workers after construction at N.L. nickel plant

Plans to call back up to 800 people Nov. 12 to work on plant commissioning, startup



LONG HARBOUR, N.L.—An official with Vale in Newfoundland says about 1,000 people were laid off because a construction phase at the nickel processing plant has been finished.

Bob Carter, manager of corporate affairs with Vale, says workers completed a phase of mechanical work at the plant in Long Harbour, N.L., Oct. 31, adding that the company had indicated layoffs were coming.

As a result, he says contractors laid off the workers with plans to call back up to 800 people Nov. 12 to work on the commissioning and startup of the plant.

He says they’ve eliminated night shifts and reduced the scheduling down to day shifts only.

The company expects to be producing nickel next year.

Carter says the construction workforce peaked at about 6,000 late last summer since work began in Long Harbour in 2009.

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