Special Info Session to be held for Laid-Off IQT Call Centre Workers

July 21, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

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In response to the sudden layoff of 400 IQT Solutions call centre workers in Oshawa a special information meeting will be held for all impacted employees on July 22 at 10 a.m. Staff from the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ministry of Labour and Service Canada will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

Special information meeting for laid-off IQT Solutions employees in Oshawa
Where: CAW Local 222 union hall
 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue, Oshawa, Ontario
 L1J 8I4
 (Thickson Road South of Hwy 401, left on Wentworth, right on Boundary)
Date:  Friday July 22
Time:  10:00 a.m.

*Please note that this session will be closed to the media.

The meeting, co-hosted by the Ontario Federation of Labour, Canadian Auto Workers union and Durham Region Labour Council, is aimed at providing relevant information to laid-off workers with respect to Employment Insurance benefits, possible coverage under the federal Wage Earner Protection Program, Ministry of Labour procedures for unpaid wage claims, government adjustment and retraining supports, among other items.

IQT Solutions abruptly shut down its call centre operations in Oshawa, as well as two locations in Quebec, after alleging it had gone bankrupt. Close to 1200 workers were laid off on July 15 without notice. Workers are still owed outstanding wages and vacation pay along with severance and termination pay under Ontario law.

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