Date Published – Mar. 9, 2009
Northern Life, Greater Sudbury’s community newspaper, gave Republic of Mining.com permission to post Bill Bradley’s article. www.northernlife.ca
The mining layoffs at Vale Inco and Xstrata are making the headlines.
But the pain is also being felt by employees in smaller companies, said one laid off worker at Mansour Mining Inc.
Jeff Marsolais, a laid off worker at Mansour Mining, said he knew of up to 70 fellow employees that have been laid off.
“Vale Inco and Xstrata layoffs get all the headlines. But the smaller companies are cutting jobs too. We are getting cut. We have families and bills to pay too,” said Marsolais.
Laurentian University economist David Robinson said smaller companies are always at risk.
“There is no guarantee for anyone these days. But there are wonderful companies here that have survived the up and down cycles in the past. We certainly are on a roller coaster now though,” said Robinson.