Mosaic says it’s temporarily cutting 330 jobs at its Colonsay, Saskatchewan potash mine because of poor market conditions.
The company says it will rely on its lower-cost Esterhazy and Belle Plaine mines in the province for potash production during a downturn in the market for the fertilizer.
Mosaic plans to restart the mine next January, but company spokeswoman Sarah Fedorchuk says that date could change.
Fedorchuk is also denying claims by the union saying this move was sparked by a refusal from workers on a new contract offer.
She says workers in Esterhazy also overwhelmingly turned down an offer from the company recently.
The union finds it strange these layoffs are being announced just days after refusing the offer saying Mosaic is a part of Canpotex, and both PotashCorp and Agrium are business as usual.