Vale says decisions will mean company will be ‘much more agile and competitive’ in the years ahead.
The union representing workers at Vale in Sudbury says 21 employees have lost their jobs.
Rick Bertrand, the president of United Steelworkers Local 6500, says the affected employees work at the smelter, mines and as industrial millwrights.
He says contractors are working on the property and that the union was told no employees would be laid off while contractors are on site.
“The union is very disappointed obviously with the company’s decision to lay off 21 of our members while we still have contractors on our property,” he said.
“They made the decision to lay off our members with seniority and we believe that we’re going to have to fight tooth and nail to get our members back to work.”