Layoffs at Via Rail due to strike

Two thousand in Via's service unit are laid off temporarily

After Via Rail’s 340 train engineers walked off the job on Friday, the company laid off 2,000 employees in the service end of its business. If the strike drags on, another 400 workers could temporarily lose their jobs.”If there are no people to serve, trains to fix, we have a lot of people sitting around with nothing to do and we can’t afford to do that,” said Via spokesman Malcolm Andrews. “The second that we resume service they will all be recalled to work.”


Canadian Press