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Evraz laying off 125 tubular steel workers in Regina

Manufacturer of steel plate, coil and pipe blames pipeline approval delays


REGINA — Evraz says it’s laying off 125 workers at its tubular steel division in Regina over delays in pipeline approvals and the impact of “unfairly traded imports.”

A company spokesman said in an e-mailed statement that employees got the layoff notices on July 22.

The spokesman says the company will bring back the employees when conditions improve.

In May, Evraz laid off about 90 people at its Regina operation, and 260 at its Calgary location.

Evraz makes steel plate and coil, small and large diameter pipe, and oil and gas well tubing for the energy sector at its Regina plants.

Mike Day, who represents 125 members with United Steelworkers of America Local 5890, says workers are confused because a supervisor told them at a meeting on July 22 “to get more pipe out the door.”

“Due to the substantial impact of unfairly traded imports and of delays in pipeline approvals on our tubular business, Evraz North America provided layoff notices to 125 employees at the Regina site on July 22nd,” the Evraz spokesman said in the email.

“We look forward to bringing these employees back to work when conditions improve. We will work diligently with our partners to fight the unfairly traded imports that are affecting our business and the livelihoods of our employees.”

With files from CJME

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