60 of the 80 employees at the Vard Aukra yard in Romsdal were told on Monday that they will not be allowed to continue working after the notice period has expired.
“The mood is depressed. We have people who have had “Brukje” as a workplace throughout their working lives, and the closure will have major ripple effects in the local environment,” says trade union representative Arild Småge to Romsdal Budstikke.
On October 25th, employees at the yard were informed of the downsizing of staff in a meeting with management.
“We have been waiting for this day for a long time, but there is something extra when it is here. People took it with composure, but it might sink in more during the evening,” Småge thinks.
The last 20 who were not given their notice on Monday will keep the wheels turning until the last fishing boat is delivered in December.
The closure will have major effects on the municipality.
“Behind every employee at Vard Aukra there are two or three other people behind,” says Småge.
Vard Aukra is one of four Vard shipyards in Møre og Romsdal. The others are located in Brattvåg and Søvika in Haram, Tomrefjord in Vestnes, and a design and administration office in Ålesund.
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