More job cuts fall on Tolko employees, not just Vernon

Forest company trims another 44 positions

Another 44 jobs have been trimmed at Tolko Industries, company-wide.

The Vernon-based lumber company notified the affected employees Friday.

“Due to market conditions we made this really difficult decision,” communications advisor Chris Downey said from the Vernon branch.

While he could confirm the number of jobs cut, 44, Downey did not have specifics on locations or positions and could only say it is company-wide in Canada.

“It’s throughout the organization, salaried employees,” Downey said.

He said the decision was not due to the CN Rail Strike, despite other media reports saying so.

“It’s based on the conditions, nothing at all reflecting the contributions of the employees,” Downey said.

“Right now, we’re just focusing on the 44 employees that have received notice that their positions have been eliminated.”

In fact, not all workers are aware of the internal announcement.

“We’re still working on notifying all employees.”

READ MORE: Vernon-based Tolko shuts B.C. divisions for two weeks over holidays

READ MORE: Tolko mill in Kelowna to permanently close in 2020


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