Friday, May 15, 2009

CAE To Cut 10 Per Cent Of Workforce, 700 Jobs

CAE Inc. flight simulators are seen in this file photo. (Aaron Harris / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

From The CTV:

Montreal-based flight-training firm CAE Inc. said Thursday that it's slashing 700 jobs and imposing cost-cutting measures on its remaining workforce in anticipation of a dropoff in orders from the civil aviation sector.

The job cuts will be done in two phases and trim about 10 per cent of CAE's workforce, including 600 at its Montreal operations.

CAE hopes the moves will reduce costs about $15 million a year but there will be a $34-million restructuring charge recorded in the quarter ending June 30.

About 380 employees will be cut in the next few weeks and the rest in the fall. About 70 management positions are included in the cuts.

"Effective immediately, management and most other employees globally will be subject to a salary freeze and will have five mandatory furlough days over the current fiscal year. We have also introduced new limits on overtime, and we are offering early retirement incentives to qualifying employees," the company said.

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