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Dozens of workers laid off from SMS Equipment Fort McMurray

Last Updated Oct 30, 2020 at 6:08 am MDT

PHOTO. Supplied: SMS Equipment Inc.

SMS Equipment laid off 28 members of Unifor Local 707A working at SMS Equipment.

This week’s layoffs bring the six month total to 99 workers.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias said in a statement that investment needs to be made in the province’s energy industry so it can be a part of the economic recovery.

“Canada’s oil and gas companies and their workers are suffering. It is causing real hardship in communities across Alberta and across the country,”

The union is urging the government to make investments so that the industry can weather the price slump while maintaining employment levels.

Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle said support is needed, as Canadian energy has been a source for good jobs for decades.

“We are fighting for good jobs in the energy industry. The OPEC price war and the COVID-19 economic slump have been difficult, but our industry is too important to abandon,” 

Cenovus Energy also announced job losses this week, confirming it plans to cut up to 25 per cent of its workforce after acquiring Husky Energy.

Suncor also announced in early October that it would cut as many as 1,930 jobs over 18 months.

SMS Equipment’s Fort McMurray location didn’t want to provide a comment to MyMcMurray when contacted.

MyMcMurray also reached out to the company’s corporate office.