Fort Erie plant lays off another 30 workers

By Matt Day, Ottawa Sun

The Niagara Pharmetics plant on Jarvis Street has seen a major decline in the number of employees recently.

The company which produces codeine-based products, cough and cold medicines, vitamins, herbals, dietary supplements and sports nutrition is now down to about 32 employees in Fort Erie, or about 100 less than when they first took over Patheon almost two years ago.

"It's scary. There's not a lot of jobs out there and it makes our job here more stressful," said a union representative who wished not to be named.

The last group of layoffs came three weeks ago when about 30 employees were handed their pink slips.

Colin Cherry, Grand Lodge representative for the Machinists Union said the layoffs were simply because the Fort Erie plant was not making money.

"If we don't stop the bleeding, it will probably mean a closure," he said.

"It is what it is at the moment. We're hoping we can turn it around."

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