Belle Plaine potash workers included in Mosaic cuts

Nathan Liewicki
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Fifty-one Saskatchewan Mosaic potash workers were laid off Monday.

Mosaic Potash Mine in Belle Plaine

Three mines – Belle Plaine, Colonsay and Esterhazy – and the company’s Regina-based office all experienced the immediate cuts, which Mosaic has blamed on market conditions.

“Right now, market conditions are such that supply is just outstripping demand at this time,” Sarah Fedorchuk, a spokesperson for Mosaic’s Saskatchewan branch told the Times-Herald Tuesday.

“We have to look at our operations and make decisions in order to be competitive and to remain someone who can freely invest in Saskatchewan.”

At this time, the positions and number of jobs affected at each site have not been revealed.

One thing is certain, however, and it’s that Monday’s cuts are permanent workforce reductions.

“That said, we’re always looking and we will always try to match our staffing to what the demand is in the marketplace,” said Fedorchuk.

This isn’t the first time provincial potash workers have lost jobs in the last six months.

In early December, PotashCorp laid off 42 per cent of its Saskatchewan workforce when it laid off 440 workers.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Times-Herald, PotashCorp

Geographic location: Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan

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