Olymel is laying off almost all the managers and administrative staff at its hog slaughterhouse and butchering plant at Vallee-Jonction, Quebec, due to a strike by workers at the operation.
The Canadian company says some 50 non-union employees have been told they are no longer required at the plant, effective March 30. The move comes after workers rejected the company's latest offer.
In the last few days Olymel was also forced to cancel deliveries of nearly 23,000 hogs per week from Ontario in order to stem the glut of slaughtered hogs caused by the sudden cessation of operations of the Vallée-Jonction plant, the company said in a press release. Through collaboration with Éleveurs de porcs du Québec and other slaughterhouses, Olymel and its partners have, however, taken a series of measures to limit adverse consequences for Quebec pig producers caused by the strike by Vallée-Jonction employees, in particular, the problem of disposing of hog production, the company stated.
When the hog slaughterhouse, butchering and boning facility was operating, it employed more than 1,000 employees working on two shifts.
Olymel, a Canadian leader in the production, processing and distribution of pork and poultry, has operations in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan.
Olymel lays off 50 non-union staff at plant where workers are on strike
MONTREAL - Olymel is laying off almost all the managers and administrative staff at its slaughterhouse and butchering plant at Vallee-Jonction, Que., due to a strike by workers at the operation. The company says some 50 non-union employees have been told they are no longer required at the plant starting March 30.
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