March 1, 2019 – Neucel Specialty Cellulose has laid off the remaining workers at its idle pulp mill in Port Alice, British Columbia.
The Comox Valley Record reports that the 20 employees who have been maintaining the mill’s equipment found out about the layoffs when they happened Feb. 27, and had no written notice.
Don Vye, the head of the Local 514 union that represents the workers, also says he was unaware of the layoffs.
The Neucel Specialty Cellulose mill has been in a production curtailment since February 2015.
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When active, the mill – which is owned by Fulida, a Chinese textile company – produced sulphite dissolving wood pulp.
According to the Comox Valley Record, the mill owes taxes from July 2018.
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