Halifax shipyard furloughs 90 workers

J.D. Irving Ltd. has laid off 90 workers at its Halifax, Nova Scotia, shipyard. The first 40 layoffs occurred in March, with 50 more workers laid off on April 1.

 Irving spokesperson Mary Keith said the layoffs have occurred under “multiship, multiyear programs in the National Shipbuilding Strategy.” She said that the national strategy would help Irving to maintain greater stability in the workforce. Irving’s workforce will increase or decrease weekly as project needs change, Keith said.

“We move workers from project to project whenever their skills match the project’s requirements,” she said. “We are now concentrating on building new mid-shore patrol vessels for the coast guard as well as the refit for the HMCS Halifax. The workforce will likely increase again when the next vessels under the frigate life extension program come in, the HMCS Fredericton and HMCS Toronto.”

The shipyard recently completed several projects including a new offshore supply vessel.


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