Tłı̨chǫ Leadership supports Tłı̨chǫ workers in potential Layoff
Tłı̨chǫ Leadership supports Tłı̨chǫ workers in potential Ekati Layoff dispute.
“We consider this matter urgent. Our IBA requires that the company hire and retain the Tłı̨chǫ people. We are meeting with the company and the union about this issue, and we will update our people regularly. Our people, our way of life and our livelihoods are at stake. We cannot accept any reduction in the number of Tłı̨chǫ at this project site. The company has a duty through all of the agreements they hold with partners – the IBA, the Collective Agreement with the union, and through the Socio-Economic Agreement with the GNWT – to hire and retain northern workers. Their proposed approach strikes at the heart of all of these agreements.”
Update - 25 May 2018 - Dominion Diamond is considering plans to lay off up to 150 workers from the Ekati Mine. The company has still not made a final decision on this matter. Tłı̨chǫ Chiefs are concerned about the wellbeing of Tłı̨chǫ workers and their families during this sensitive time.
To support and hear from Tłı̨chǫ workers, the Chiefs will be travelling to Ekati on Monday (May 28) and returning Wednesday evening (May 30). During this time they will be listening to worker concerns. The Chief Executive Council is also meeting with the Ekati Chief Executive Officer to discuss the process and options.
Any concerned workers are welcome to come talk to the Chiefs next week.