Sears Canada has followed through on a promise to begin meeting with some of the workers who are losing their jobs at Target Canada.
Chief executive Ronald Boire says about 140 Target employees were bused to its Sears headquarters in Toronto last week, part of a nationwide effort to network with potential candidates.
“We felt like we had to reach out and say ‘We’re here,”‘ Boire said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
“Saying ‘We care about you’ and ‘We may not have a job for you today, but we may in six months’ — it’s the right thing to do.”‘
The first wave of meetings focused on office staff, management and directors.
Earlier this month, Sears Canada extended a discount to 17,600 Target employees losing their jobs, along with the promise of local job fairs across the country.
That raised some eyebrows for its timing, especially since Sears Canada faces its own financial problems.
The company cut 2,200 jobs last year — with a large chunk from outsourcing call centres — and thousands more were eliminated in 2013, as part of widespread cost-cutting.
But Sears Canada has unfilled positions at its headquarters and recently began recruiting merchandise, finance and IT support applicants, Boire said.
The company plans to hire about 8,000 people this year, mostly in part-time and seasonal jobs at its stores, he added.
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