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The seven employees of the community radio station CIBL, Montreal, have been laid off until further notice on Friday after-noon.
They will be met by members of the management and the board of directors (bod) on Monday afternoon.
Several employees have confirmed the new Duty, indicating they had been called in or met one-to-one Friday afternoon, invited not to return to work on Monday morning, back from their Holidays.
“All employees have received an e-mail and have been summoned to a meeting with the acting director and the chair of the board on Monday to 16 h, we will know more at that time,” says Antonine Salina, who hosted a show every Saturday morning.
According to her, the climate was rather “tense” in the last year, employees are questioning more and more about the future of the radio station. “There was more cohesion between employees and management,” she says.
She recalls that the director these past two years, Arnaud Larsonneur, had resigned earlier in the month of December. “We expected to change the side of the direction, but not to lay them off “, she says.
“We don’t know what happens, we know just that we just lost our jobs temporarily,” says Patrice Caron, director in the daily program The back.
Difficult financial Situation
In recent years, the radio station was going through a difficult financial situation, ” he recalls. The move to the 222 rue Sainte-Catherine has greatly “increased the expenses of the business, “and that” revenues have not kept up “.
“We have already limited the emissions produced to ensure the sustainability of the station, in the spring, several employees had to agree to pay cuts say temporary. And finally in September we met to tell us that this was not a temporary measure, but permanently “, says Mr. Caron.
Friday night, The Duty was not yet able to reach the acting director, and the board of directors.
Other details will follow.