380 Olympic stadium workers to lose jobs

Cuts come in April when stadium renovations start

By BOB MACKIN , QMI Agency

VANCOUVER: A week before athletes from around the world begin competing for gold medals, employees of the Olympic stadium are holding pink slips, QMI Agency has learned.

B.C. Place Stadium, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ Feb. 12 opening ceremony, will close for 18 months because of the installation of a $458 million retractable roof.

“All part-time and event-time employees will be affected by this closure. Therefore, approximately 380 will be laid-off effective April 7,” said a Feb. 1 internal memo from B.C. Pavilion Corporation business administration director Bob Starkey.

Workers were told that they would retain their seniority rights under their collective bargaining agreement.

The B.C. Lions will play their home games in 2010 and part of 2011 at a temporary stadium on the east Vancouver site of Empire Stadium, which was demolished in 1992.


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