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DSI Underground cuts 11 jobs at Sudbury operations

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The Mine Mill and Smelter Workers' Union, Unifor Local 598, said 11 members of DSI Underground’s Sudbury operations have been permanently laid off.

DSI Underground Canada Ltd is an international mining supply company that provides specialized underground products and system mining industry. Sudbury’s operations provide ground-support supplies such as rock bolts, rebar and resins.

An undated promotional photo from DSI Underground Canada Ltd's website. (Image courtesy of DSI Underground)The union said the layoffs have had a profound impact on the workforce as most of the members have served the company for more than 20 years.

"This is a difficult time for our members at DSI Underground and their families. These dedicated workers have been the cornerstone of the company for over two decades, contributing significantly to its success," said Eric Boulay, president of Local 598, in a news release.

The union said its members were informed that their employment with DSI was terminated effective immediately at the end of their shift on Feb. 1.

"The affected members, whose commitment and loyalty have been the backbone of DSI Underground, are now facing an unexpected and challenging transition,” read the release.

Unifor said it is concerned about the toll these layoffs will take on the affected individuals and their families.

Boulay said the members brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the workplace.

The union said they acknowledge the impact of economic uncertainties on various industries – but are emphasizing the importance of fair treatment for the workers who have dedicated much of their lives to the success of DSI.

Local 598 added it will be working closely with the affected members to provide support, resources and guidance during this transition and is also exploring all available avenues to advocate for the rights and well-being of the affected workers.

"We are committed to supporting our members during this challenging period and ensuring their rights and interests are protected,” said Boulay.

The union said it is asking DSI Underground to engage in a transparent and open dialogue to discuss alternatives, mitigations and potential solutions that “prioritize the welfare of the workers affected by these layoffs." 

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