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By Alexandra Christopoulos     Jul 23, 2011 in Business
Oshawa - After a provincial labour investigation was launched earlier this week into a calling centre in Oshawa, Employment Ontario will provide services to help former employees start their new job searches at the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre.
Approximately 600 employees at IQT Solutions were laid off without proper notice, final paychecks or vacation and severance pay.
Training and employment services will begin on July 29 and as many former IQT employees may re- discover during this difficult time, the old saying of 'knowledge is power,' rings with a certain truth.
“ The situation at IQT in Oshawa is a unique layoff situation --and it is a terrible situation for all involved,” said Tanya Blazina, a ministry spokesperson for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. “ The Ministry, and Employment Ontario have been on the ground in Oshawa since they learned of this layoff, talking to workers and finding out what help they need.”
The Ministry of Labour is also reaching out to workers and will assist them with filing claims for wages, severance pay and other allowance.
IQT Solutions, which provided customer service for Bell Canada, terminated more jobs in Quebec, after reportedly running out of money on Friday. Company co-founder, David Mortman, refused to comment.
Both the Ontario and Quebec governments are meeting with laid off workers to help them recover from sudden job losses, as well as to discuss future employment opportunities and training programs.
Anyone in the province is able to access Employment Ontario. Over the past two years, demand for employment services and training programs increased sharply because of the global recession. In response, the government boosted Employment Ontario spending on jobs and skills training to approximately $1.6 billion in each of 2009–10 and 2010–11, with a special focus on workers affected by the economic recession, Blazina explained.
"We will continue to work with the people who have been affected by this closure and do everything we can to get them the help they need to find a new job," she said.
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