Manitoba Hydro plans to layoff up to 700 workers: union

By | May 11, 2020

One of the largest unions at Manitoba Hydro says the crown corporation is planning to lay off between 600 to 700 workers. 

An email from the business manager of IBEW Local 2034 that was sent to to the union’s membership says the layoffs are the result of the Pallister government directive to come up with $86.4 million in cost savings before the end of the summer. 

The union expects it will be mostly junior-level employees that will be impacted, said Mike Velie in the email to union members. 

“This news of lay-offs is particularly disappointing when you consider that there has been no interruption or reduction of service to any of our customers, and this is inconsistent with any rationale for cutting jobs in areas of the province that have seen shortages in work,” Velie said in the email. 

CBC News has reached out to Manitoba Hydro for comment. 

More to come. 

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