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A cable and internet operator has launched a voluntary buyout program as part of a multi-year initiative to focus its operations.

Shaw Communications has sent notices to 6,500 employees of Shaw and Freedom Mobile; it expects 10% to take up the offer, reported The Canadian Press.

“This is a program that is intended to reduce our workforce while not penalizing employees for our operational transformation,” said Jay Mehr, president.

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“As we reinvent our customer delivery model to be more digital, online, or e-care, we’re very pleased to offer generous packages to our team members throughout the organization who have built this company.”

The voluntary program will be open until Feb. 14.

Shaw primarily operates in western Canada. It bought Freedom Mobile in 2016, making it the country’s fourth-largest wireless company.

Shaw recently announced plans to close a call centre in Windsor, Ont., with the loss of about 130 jobs.
The cable and telecom company also owns a 38% in Corus Entertainment, which bought the Global television network and some specialty TV channels from Shaw in 2016.

Source: hrmonline.ca

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