GUAM (Pacific News Center)—Guam Department of Labor Director Manny Cruz confirms that 200 workers have been laid off from Guam Shipyard.
Cruz says that the Agency for Human Resource Development [AHRD] has been activated to provide job assistance to the workers who have been laid off.
The layoffs notices were issued yesterday [Tuesday] following the Navy’s decision to award a $77 million dollar pierside ship repair contract to Cabras Marine . The contract is for one-year, with 4 option years. The contract award was announced by Delegate Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) last Saturday.
Cabras Marine Business Manager John Manibusan told PNC News Monday that they expect to hire more than 100 new employees in the coming months.
Guam Shipyard previously held the ship repair contract and still occupies the Navy’s old Ship Repair Facility [SRF] at Naval Base Guam. However the Navy, without explanation, broke off negotiations with Guam Shipyard last year.
Guam Shipyard has not yet returned a call for comment on the layoffs.