Some employee hours were reduced in November at the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Fifteen WFP Chemainus sawmill employees on a reduced work schedule

Cutbacks result following $7 million upgrade at the mill

Some employees at the Western Forest Products Chemainus sawmill had their hours reduced during November, resulting from a multi-million dollar upgrade.

“We have invested $7 million in the Chemainus facility over the past two years to modernize our operations and this has resulted in some reductions in employee hours impacting 15 positions,” noted Babita Khunkhun, WFP’s senior director of communications.

“The capital investments and operational efficiencies we have realized are consistent with ongoing efforts to strengthen our competitiveness and increase the facility’s long-term viability.”

Khunkhun added the affected employees had the opportunity to return to a normal schedule.

“It all depends on the work available,” Khunkhun indicated. “It’s impacting various positions in the mill.”

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