Sears Canada has laid off over 1,600 employees, representing more than 7% of its entire workforce. Included in these layoffs are 283 warehouse jobs across Canada as well as 1,345 associate jobs at three customer call Centres in Montreal, Belleville Ont. and Toronto. Call centre jobs will be eliminated over the next nine months, and will be outsourced to IBM.
Sears spokesperson Dan Madge says Sears warehouses affected by the most immediate layoffs are in Calgary, Montreal, Belleville and Vaughan (both in Ontario) and in a Vancouver suburb.
The following is their press release:
[Source: Press release]
[Sears Canada website]