Canada's VIA Rail to temporarily suspend 1,000 employees amid pipeline protests

FILE PHOTO: VIA Rail trains are seen parked at Via Rail's Toronto Maintenance Centre after theÊCanadian National Railway Co (CN Rail) said it will halt operations in eastern Canada and VIA Rail cancelled its service, as its rail lines continue to be blocked by anti-pipeline protesters, at Union Station in Toronto, Ontario, Canada February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s VIA Rail will temporarily suspend close to 1,000 employees due to rail disruptions amid pipeline protests, the company said on Wednesday.

The employees are suspended as a result of VIA Rail cancelling service on much of its network, until Canadian National Railway Co re-opens tracks for service, VIA Rail said in an emailed statement.

Protestors opposed to an energy project have blocked rail lines across the country.

Reporting by Denise Paglinawan; writing by Moira Warburton in Toronto; editing by Chris Reese