Bombardier to temporarily lay off 150 Quebec railway workers in new year

MONTREAL – Bombardier Transport (TSX:BBD.B) says it will temporarily lay off one-quarter of the 600 employees at its plant in La Pocatiere, Que., effective in mid-January.

The 150 workers will start to be recalled in March to work on the Montreal Metro contract.

They will fully return to work by the end of 2014 and maintain their jobs until the fall of 2018 when the last subway cars are slated for delivery.

The initial layoff is being prompted by the end of a contract from Maryland for the delivery of 65 multilevel regional railway cars.

Union president Mario Levesque says the temporary layoffs aren’t a surprise and that employees know when a contract is scheduled to end.