Nearly 700 out of work
Call centre abruptly closes in Cape Breton
Almost 700 people lost their jobs at a Cape Breton call centre Thursday after the company announced its immediate closure, leaving employees stunned and without work weeks before Christmas.
ServiCom officials gathered workers at the operation in Sydney just after lunch to inform them that it was shuttering the facility, following weeks of pay delays and a bankruptcy protection filing by its parent company in the United States.
Kayla Williams, who worked at the office for five years, said she was blindsided by the news, especially after she said the company officials had recently promised bonuses and pay incentives.
“I am devastated to say the very least. It was definitely not what I expected,” the 26-yearold said from her home in Sydney before heading to the local Employment Canada office to start the process of filing for insurance.
“I want to be able put oil in my tank. I want to be able to put groceries in my cupboard. I have two children here.”
Cecil Clarke, mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, said in a statement Thursday evening that the sudden closure “came as a shock,” despite the company’s ongoing financial troubles.