BlackBerry lays off another 100 local employees
A BlackBerry Q10 appears on display. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Geoff Robins)
Chris Kitching, CP24.com
Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013 8:08AM EDT
Waterloo-based BlackBerry says about 100 local employees were laid off Monday in another round of job cuts.
Last month, layoff notices were given to 250 workers at the smartphone company’s testing facility west of Toronto.
BlackBerry confirmed the latest cuts in a written statement that echoed a statement that followed July’s layoffs.
"As previously stated, we are in the second phase of our transformation plan,” the company said. “As such, this week’s employee reductions, demonstrates (sic) another step forward to scale our company correctly for new opportunities in mobile computing.
“Our evolution as a company is ongoing and is in no way easy, but we are realistic about what is required to move our transformation forward in a timely manner,” BlackBerry said. “We will be as transparent as possible as our plans evolve.”
BlackBerry previously announced plans to cut about 5,000 employees as it restructures and tries to capture a bigger share of the smartphone market.
With files from CTV Kitchener.
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