Siemens Canada Closes Plant, Cuts Workers

by Samfiru Tumarkin

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 4:50 am

Siemens Canada Closes Plant, Cutting 340 Jobs

Hundreds are out of a job after Siemens Canada announced Tuesday, July 18 2017 that its Tillsonburg wind blade plant would close permanently by early 2018.

This closure will see 340 jobs eliminated. 206 are being laid off immediately, while the remaining 134 are being phased out throughout the second half of 2017.

The announcement left many employees surprised and frustrated. One worker told AM980 in London that “there was quite a bit of anger in there because they shut the place down the other night (Sunday) and never really told anybody about it, it was just bang, everything was locked down.”

The closure by Siemens Canada comes just over three years since an $850 million contract was made with the Province on Ontario. The plant produced blades for wind turbines north of Goderich.

Despite the closure by Siemens Canada, Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault said that Ontario would continue to invest in clean technology.

Valuable Severance Advice

If you’ve been let go from your job, as long as it wasn’t legitimately for cause (which would be rare and difficult for an employer to prove), you are entitled to compensation. Even if the business closes completely, as in Siemens Canada’s case, you must receive severance pay.

Many employees mistakenly believe they are only entitled to one week of wages per year of employment. But the common law in Ontario and B.C. requires substantially more severance. Our Ontario and BC Severance Pay Calculator will show you the pay range you should expect. If you are not offered a package that includes a payment in this range, and employment lawyer can help you get what you deserve.

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