Baffinland warns of layoffs in ‘emergency’ request around shipping boundaries

Corporation pressures federal authorities to permit it to continue on shipping 6 million tonnes for every calendar year from Mary River mine

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. will lay off much more than 1,700 employees — shut to two-thirds of its workforce — if the federal government does not allow the corporation to ship more iron ore this calendar year, states CEO Brian Penney.

He laid out that posture in what he named an “emergency request” to the federal federal government to improve the total of iron ore it ships from its Mary River mine this year.

Baffinland desires to ship 6 million tonnes of iron ore in 2022, normally it will end result in layoffs for additional than 1,300 employees and 400 contractors, Penney wrote in a letter to federal Northern Affairs Minister Daniel Vandal Thursday.

The organization employs just around 2,600 staff, practically half of them as immediate employees.

“This ask for is primarily based on the substantial unfavorable effects on psychological wellness that will arise each straight to workers and their family members and communities that get termination notices if they are despatched next 7 days,” Penney wrote.

“Additionally, there is a recognized good correlation amongst wage work and foods safety.”

Baffinland has been trucking six million tonnes of iron ore from the Mary River mine and shipping and delivery it out of Milne Inlet each individual year due to the fact 2018.

Having said that, its allow to do that expired at the close of December, that means the company’s restrict for this calendar year is at present 4.2 million tonnes, spokesperson Peter Akman wrote in an electronic mail to Nunatsiaq News.

Baffinland — the territory’s most significant non-public sector employer, which states it accounted for 23 for every cent of Nunavut’s economic exercise in 2019 — is by now making ready a discover to the Nunavut Labour Criteria Compliance Business.

It is warning it will lay off personnel if Vandal does not comply with its ask for for more shipping and delivery, according to a push release from Akman.

At the very least 209 Inuit will be among individuals laid off, Akman wrote.

“We ask for that the Minister use this authorized authority … which would … stay clear of the substantial negative impacts on the wellness of the personnel at Mary River that will be straight and indirectly impacted by the layoffs,” Penney wrote in the letter.

Penney is also waiting on a verdict from Vandal on Baffinland’s proposed Phase 2 enlargement of the Mary River mine. A choice is anticipated at some position this summer season. Previously this thirty day period, the Nunavut Influence Assessment Board suggested Vandal not approve the expansion, but the northern affairs minister has the closing term.

The corporation wishes to develop a 110-kilometre railway, an extra dock, and double its shipping sum from six million to 12 million tonnes for each 12 months.

Baffinland’s allow to ship 6 million tonnes was intended to past until eventually a decision on that expansion experienced been manufactured, said Akman. But because of to delays in the evaluate process, the permit expired first, he reported.

Vandal’s business office did not instantly answer to a ask for for comment.