Calgary-based Husky Energy said it has laid off workers on Tuesday but declined to provide specific numbers or details on the jobs lost.
“These are difficult decisions and we will continue to take the steps necessary to ensure the company’s resilience through this cycle and beyond,” spokesperson Mel Duvall wrote in a statement.
Duvall said the job cuts were across the company’s operations.
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Posts on social media and tips sent to Global News from people claiming to be employees suggested as many as 500 positions had been eliminated.
The news follows Husky’s March 11 announcement that 1,000 tradespeople at its Sunrise oilsands project would be out of a job. The company said construction at the site had largely been completed, although work wasn’t expected to end until the summer.
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Last February, Husky announced there would be job cuts in a reduction of the year’s capital budget by as much as $400 million. The company said it was looking for up to $600 million in operational savings in response to the ongoing low-price environment for oil and gas.
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