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Workers at Halifax shipyard walk off job, allege worker's suspension led to suicide

Union rep said worker from Irving Shipyard worker took his own life after receiving 30-day suspension

November 28, 2013  by The Canadian Press

HALIFAX—Workers at the Irving Shipyard in Halifax walked off the job in protest of what they say was a suspension that prompted a worker to commit suicide.

Rick Rose of Unifor says a worker took his own life this week after he was suspended for 30 days.

Rose says the death came after a series of disciplinary actions involving various employees.

He declined to release the name of the deceased worker.


He says other employees are upset over what they say is an increase in disciplinary actions by management.

A spokesperson for the Irving Shipyard wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Rose says he is meeting with management about the death and the workers’ grievances.

Rose says the workers left the job at about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 28 and marched outside the shipyard.

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