VIA Rail Canada to lay off 1,000

News Wire Digest fourth section for July 8: REMSA plans online seminars; Czech rail crash kills two
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Wednesday afternoon rail news:

VIA Rail Canada to lay off 1,000

VIA Rail Canada announced it is temporarily laying off 1,000 unionized employees because of the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic “to further adjust to the increasing financial impacts this crisis has had on the company,” according to a press release. CEO Cynthia Garneau said in the release that “we have had to make difficult decisions to deal with the situation as we gain a better understanding of the impacts of the pandemic on our operations.” The company says it hopes to bring back the workers as soon as customer demand allows, and that it will “take care of them through this period of transition.”

REMSA slates two online seminars
REMSA, the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association, is holding two upcoming seminars online: Export Growth Opportunities for Railway Maintenance and Equipment Exporters, on July 16 at 2 p.m. EDT (more information and registration is available here), and Navigating All Things Talent Acquisition in a Post-COVID World, on July 21 at 2 p.m. EDT (information and registration is here).

Human error blamed for fatal Czech crash
Human error is being blamed for a collision between two passenger trains in the Czech Republic on Tuesday that killed two and injured at least 20. The Associated Press reports the head-on collision occurred about 3 p.m. local time between the Nove Hamry and Pernink stations, near the border with Germany. About 30 people were reported to be onboard at the time.


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