Vale Manitoba Operations is down to about half as many employees in Thompson as it had three years ago after a comprehensive review of the division led to the elimination of 144 jobs.
Job losses resulting from review, announced back in June, when the company said it was losing $300,000 per day from its operations in Thompson, included 75 unionized hurly employees being laid off and another 25 taking early retirement packages, while 28 staff positions were eliminated and 16 staff employees opted for early retirement.
“These decisions have not been made lightly, and we recognize the significant impact they have on our employees, our businesses and the local community,” said Tara Ritchie of the company’s corporate and Indigenous affairs department in an Oct. 29 email.
“These workforce adjustments represent one component of a larger plan to establish a new operating model that is structured and resourced to improve our health and safety outcomes, lower our unit costs and best meet our short- and long-term business needs.
Vale is committed to safely transforming our operations and positioning us to secure the investment required to build future mines and grow our operations.”