Northern Pulp issues layoff notices to salaried employees

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ABERCROMBIE – Northern Pulp Nova Scotia (Northern Pulp) has started issuing layoff notices to salaried employees at its kraft pulp facility.

Earlier this month, Northern Pulp began the orderly wind down of operations to meet the impending deadline of Jan. 31, 2020, imposed by the Boat Harbour Act following Premier Stephen McNeil’s decision to honour the Boat Harbour Act.

An unsigned press release from the company states: “The majority of Northern Pulp’s 90 salaried employees will be laid off over the next few months with the earliest being effective January 31, 2020. Previously, Northern Pulp issued layoff notice to Unifor, the union representing hourly employees at the facility.”

The press release states that only 20 percent of its workforce will report for work as of February 1, 2020, “to continue the safe and orderly hibernation of the facility. In addition, a small number of employees will focus on the Environmental Assessment for a new effluent treatment facility and ongoing facility monitoring and maintenance.”

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