Nova Scotia

Stanfield's reducing shifts, employees say

Truro's-own Stanfield's has woven and sewn undergarments for more than 100 years, but thanks to a tighter world market, employees say they've been asked to reduce their work hours.

Climate change could mean less need for Stanfield's long johns

Employees at Stanfield's in Truro say they've been asked to reduce their work hours because the company's  sales are down.

Stanfield's has woven and sewn undergarments for more than 100 years.

Stanfield's workers say that many people are being asked to work four days a week.

"It will mean about $100 less every two weeks. It's not too bad," said Carl Bates, who has worked in the dye shop at Stanfield's for 33 years.

He said the decision can be traced to a devastating enviromental issue.

"Climate change — and they aren't selling as much ... long underwear and stuff because across Canada it's a mild winter. If it's not cold, they're not going to go out and put long johns on to go outside."

However, Truro citizens say they are concerned about Stanfield's maintaining its success.

"We have had a lot of stores closing. Margolians closed down here recently — so it's definitely important," said John Duncan.

Margolians was a department store in downtown Truro that operated for 88 years. It closed in January.

"It could be a sign of the times or they could start something else up in two months, it could be totally different," Keith Gillis said. "They employ a lot of people, so [Stanfield's] is very important."

Stanfield's wouldn't speak to CBC News Friday about its reduced work schedule.

Workers say they feel the move is designed to ensure the company's survival.

 

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