Up to 500 jobs could be lost at Evraz steel plant in Regina: union – Regina

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A union official representing workers at the Evraz steel plant in Regina said up to 500 people could soon be sacked from the plant.“(Evraz) is only predicting that we will only have about 15 people working at the plant in January,” said Mike Day, president of Steelworkers Local 5890.

“We are going through a difficult time right now and the economy is struggling.”

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The factory’s workforce has shrunk significantly this year due to a lack of long-term projects and companies purchasing imported steel, Day said.

He said a recent decision by a Saskatchewan-based company to buy offshore steel for an upcoming pipeline project resulted in their employer’s notice of layoff.

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“There aren’t a lot of Canadian infrastructure projects of this nature going into the ground, as they should be,” Day said. “And they should be built with Canadian workers and Canadian products, period.

In January, the union had around 1,050 members, which fell to 831 active members in May after a series of layoffs.

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“We clearly expect more to come in December,” Day said.

“Canadian steel built this country. Between east and west, the steelworks were decimated. It has to stop somewhere. We must stop importing steel. ”

A spokesperson for Evraz declined to comment on potential layoffs or details regarding potential future customer orders.

However, a spokesperson told Global News that the company “is always on the lookout for new business for our workers and our company.” We are proud that the steelmakers at EVRAZ Regina this year, and for decades, have safely produced the highest quality line pipe for Canadian energy projects, and our steelworkers will continue to do so.








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