Friday, June 24, 2011
Kiewit lays off 250
Canada's Kiewit shipyard has laid off 250 people after it finished work on two provincial ferries.
The move has led fisheries minister Clyde Jackson to question its US owner Peter Kiewit Infrastructure's commitment to the Newfoundland facility.
The news comes just two months after Kiewit pulled out of the race to win a slice of Canada's massive $35bn government newbuilding programme over the next 30 years, saying it did not have the resources to pull a bid together.
Jackson said: "Now it's time for them to step up and further commit to the area, and that means get out there and seriously get the work and bring it into the area."
Shipyard union CAW said the redundancies come while Kiewit is working on two big contracts in the province: an oil production platform for the Hebron field and a nickel processing facility in Long Harbour.
The union wants some of that work to be done at Kiewit in Newfoundland.
Published : June 24, 2011