When the garment cutting industry shut down, the garment industry lost a job

A garment industry worker said he and other workers in a Nova Scotia factory were told their jobs were not going to be coming back.

Halifax Regional Council said Thursday the Halifax Industrial Worker’s Association voted to shut down its Nova Scotia operations, effective Dec. 1.

The Halifax Workers Union, the union that represents workers in the garment factory, said the union is negotiating with the factory.

It was the first time in nearly two decades that Nova Scotia’s garment manufacturing industry was shut down.

The closure comes after the Nova Scotia government last year passed a $20-million budget to revive the industry and bring in new skilled workers.

The closure comes on the heels of the closure of the Canadian Tailor Group in Nova Scotia.

In July, the Nova SPCA said it closed its shop in the Halifax area.

The factory, located on the island of Nova Scotia, employs 2,000 workers, according to its website.

The factory was built in the 1950s and 1960s and is home to a range of products from handbags and clothing to household appliances.