1,000 Construction Workers Suddenly Laid Off

The slowdown in the energy industry will make it a challenge for workers to find new employment.

Mon March 30, 2015 - National Edition
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The Vancouver Sun is reporting that A union official is worried about his members’ job prospects after a contractor this week suddenly laid off 1,000 tradespeople at Husky Energy’s Sunrise oilsands project.

“That’s my biggest concern — my guys not having a job right now that they thought was going to be around for a few months,” Izzy Huygen, a Fort McMurray representative with the Christian Labour Association of Canada, said Thursday.

“That’s a tough thing.”

The slowdown in the energy industry will make it a challenge for workers to find new employment, he said.

Early Wednesday, unionized construction workers employed by contractor Saipem Canada learned their jobs at Husky Energy’s Sunrise oilsands project northeast of Fort McMurray were immediately ending.

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