It will be anything but a merry Christmas for hundreds of workers at a Vancouver call centre as they arrived at work today to discover they may no longer have jobs.
“Anger, frustration, fear…”
That’s what Kathy Hughes and nearly 200 coworkers are feeling today after arriving to find the doors locked and lights out at Vancouver-based Telco.
“We showed up for work at our regular time, and there was no one there, we weren’t told not to come in and nobody came to let us in and nobody told us anything that was going on.”
Huges says there was no warning from management and staff have been left without basics, like a separation report, which would let them get Employment Insurance.
She says it’s like losing a family.
“Our hearts are really heavy. And…you know…23 years…they’re good friends as well as coworkers.”
Hughes says staff have gone to the labour relations board, but with the holiday coming, they likely won’t see help until nearly the new year.
Telco could not be reached for comment.