AquaChile and Camanchaca lay off hundreds following algae bloom losses
The disastrous spread of
Camanchaca, the salmon farming company with a large presence in Region X, will eliminate a shift in its Tome plant, resulting in 400 layoffs, reported BioBioChile on 4 April. Of that total, 200 were permanent employees and an additional 200 were working on temporary contracts.
AquaChile, which also has several salmon farms in Region X, let go 293 employees working on indefinite contracts in early April, and another 44 left the company voluntarily, reported Diario Financiero. However, the company hired back 107 who received positive job performance assessments, the company said.
“AquaChile is making every effort to keep its workforce and maintain the supply of salmon so its processing plants can continue production,” the company said in a press release. “The stability
AquaChile workers may face additional layoffs in the second quarter, which typically sees a seasonal shift requiring less labor, the company added.
Industry estimates of the
However, even before the algae crisis, Chile’s salmon industry was struggling to maintain its workforce totals. In December 2015, The Chilean Confederation of Workers of the South (Confetrasur) sent a letter to Chile Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture Raul Sunico predicting as many as 5,000 jobs could be cut from the Chilean salmon industry as a result of financial issues facing Chile’s producers.
In early February, before the algal bloom had done any harm to Chile’s salmon industry,
It is unclear how many of the recent layoffs are due to the algae bloom versus larger market trends harming Chile’s salmon farming industry.