Global News reported that up to 80 per cent of workers in the tubular division at the Evraz steel mill in Regina are to be laid off in the upcoming months. Nearly 400 of 500 employees are expected to lose their jobs over the holidays, with about 50 employees already laid off, effective Friday. Evraz North America’s director, communications and industry affairs Mr Patrick Waldron told Global News “Layoffs are something that can’t be avoided. Overall, it has been a challenging market in 2020 given the current economic conditions, but particularly difficult in the energy industry which is our primary customer. Those current economic conditions continue to represent headwinds for production and sales volumes for our product groups in Regina. These staffing adjustments are matching the size of our workforce with the demand for production of our tubular products. The company will continue to search for new business opportunities for its workers, to help avoid future layoffs.
United Steelworkers Local 5890 president Mr Mike Day said “Some employees have already received layoff notices and that more will come every couple of weeks until mid January. 2020, to say the least, has been has been very trying with the amount of layoffs back and forth. You’re looking at 2021 like everybody else hoping this turns around because we’re in the spot of one slap in the face after another. The situation is extremely stressful for everyone who is impacted. It’s not easy to focus on your task when there is a lot going on behind the scenes, but you need to make sure your work remains safe. With COVID going on and Christmas coming up, there is a lot of uncertainty. There is a lot of stress for a lot of people. We have around 500 people in tubular. I think we’ll probably have less than 100 people left working in this division after the layoffs.”