Shaw Communications lays off approximately 10% of its workforce due to COVID-19


Shaw Communications Inc. says it will temporarily lay off about 10% of its workforce as of Thursday due to “unpredictable conditions” created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Calgary telecommunications company said that most of the affected employees were in retail and sales positions throughout the company.

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Shaw President Paul McAleese said government efforts to limit the spread of the new coronavirus resulted in dramatic work stoppages that led to the “tough decisions” announced on Tuesday.

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He says the changes are necessary until his business resumes at more normal levels.

According to a spokesperson for the company, less than 1,000 people are affected by temporary layoffs.

McAleese says Shaw will provide financial support to affected employees beyond applicable government programs.

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The company says it is not eligible for any government emergency assistance program and that it will supplement employment insurance payments based on employees’ incomes and extend benefits and pension contributions to eligible non-unionized employees during the temporary layoff period.

– With a file from Global News

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