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Canadian rail companies lay off more than 1000 workers, court grants injunction against protests


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “Canadian rail companies lay off more than 1000 workers, court grants injunction against protests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Canadian rail companies have announced temporary layoffs because of the ongoing protests against a natural gas pipeline which has shut down much of the country’s rail system for nearly two weeks. Today, VIA Rail announced it would lay off 1,000 workers:

“Until CN Rail opens the remaining tracks for service, VIA Rail has no choice but to continue the cancellation of its services on a large part of its network,” Via Rail said in a statement. “It is with sincere regret that we must proceed with temporary employee suspensions.”

Chief executive Cynthia Garneau called the service interruption due to a 13-day blockade east of Belleville, Ontario, “unprecedented.”

“In 42 years of existence, it is the first time that VIA Rail, a public intercity passenger rail service, has to interrupt most of its services across the country,” she said in a statement.

That’s the second set of layoffs announced this week. Yesterday, CN Rail said it would lay off 450 employees:

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