Despite one media report claiming there have been layoffs at the Invista plant due to material shortages caused by the Tyendinga, Ont., rail blockade, the company says none of their employees have been laid off.
Global News received an anonymous tip saying the company had laid off 500 of its employees, but Monday morning the company denied this was the case.
“I can confirm that we have not laid off any employees. We continue to monitor the situation on the blockades closely,” Paul Brown, media relations for Invista, said in an email.
Invista manufactures nylon, polyester and specialty materials at their plant in Kingston, which has been open since the late 1940s.
On Sunday, the Kingstonist reported unnamed employees claiming the plant had let go of many of their workers due to the blockade in Tyendinaga. The blockade was disrupted by OPP Monday morning after 19 days of blocking rail travel in Ontario.
The protest action in Tyendinaga was first set up in support of Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs, and blocked both passenger and commercial rail between Toronto and Ottawa for over two weeks.
Global News accessed an email sent to employees from Invista management, saying the one media report of layoffs was inaccurate. The email did admit production at the plant has been slowed, but that none of their employees had been temporarily let go.
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