Up to 750 layoffs possible as Nutrien to temporarily shut down 3 Sask. sites

Will Tigley, a spokesperson for Nutrien, said each site could see between 160 and 250 people laid off. Up to 750 people could be laid off after resource giant Nutrien announced it would be closing three of its sites in Saskatchewan on a short-term basis. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)The Union representing workers at two potash mines operated…

Up to 750 layoffs possible as Nutrien to temporarily shut down 3 Sask. sites

Will Tigley, a spokesperson for Nutrien, said each site could see between 160 and 250 people laid off. Up to 750 people could be laid off after resource giant Nutrien announced it would be closing three of its sites in Saskatchewan on a short-term basis. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)The Union representing workers at two potash mines operated by Nutrien says it’s shocked and disappointed the the resource giant will be temporarily shutting down three mines here in Saskatchewan.  On Wednesday evening, Saskatoon-based Nutrien issued a press release saying between 480 to 750 people could be laid off as the company is set to take inventory shutdowns at its Allan, Lanigan and Vanscoy potash mines lasting up to eight weeks during the fourth quarter of 2019.Darrin Kruger is the international staff representative for the United Steelworkers (USW) in Saskatoon. The union represents workers at the Allan and Vanscoy sites. Kruger said he’s concerned for his members. “We’ve been through this a couple of times now and we’re wondering when it’s going to end,” he said.  Kruger also noted the timing could not have been worse. “Any time we have a layoff of our members, it’s terribly disconcerting,” he said. “Kids have just went back to school, hockey season is starting, it’ll be here at Christmas time. It’s a terrible time of the year to have a layoff. Not that there’s a good time, but it’s especially hard at
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