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We were led on : Nearly 700 call centre employees lose jobs in Cape Breton

We were led on : Nearly 700 call centre employees lose jobs in Cape Breton
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Employees at ServiCom in Sydney, N.S., were called to a meeting Thursday and told they would be losing their jobs less than three weeks before Christmas.

Worker Lori Riles told CTV Atlantic it was smart that police were called to the building before the announcement was made.

It probably wouldve broke out into a riot in there, she said. It was pretty bad.

The call centres U.S. parent went bankrupt in November but the Canadian employees were told their workplace was profitable and would remain open.

Danny Currie said he and his fellow employees were led on.

They were promising bonuses up until the very last minute, he said. I didnt understand how they could offer bonuses when they couldnt give us our basic paycheque.

Manager Todd Riley said the news was tough to swallow, and he accused the call centres owners of cowardice.

They lied to me, he said. I had to work with 700 people to go in day in and day out and keep people on the phones and encourage them that things were going to get better.

Riley said hes heard that there is an investor in the U.S. who has expressed interest in purchasing the business, but that no deal has been made so far.

Kayla Williams was left in tears after learning she lost her job. I have a two year old at home. I have a mortgage. I have bills, she said. Im disgusted. Theres no words.
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