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Wind Mobile cuts Mississauga jobs

Wind Mobile, the wireless upstart launched with financial backing from an Egyptian billionaire, is cutting jobs at its Mississauga customer-service operation and shifting about 20 positions to a call centre in Cairo.

Wind Mobile, the wireless upstart launched with financial backing from an Egyptian billionaire, is cutting jobs at its Mississauga customer-service operation and shifting about 20 positions to a call centre in Cairo.

The move comes as the company awaits a May 18 appearance before the Federal Court of Appeal, where it will argue that a decision overturning its right to operate in this country because it’s not sufficiently Canadian-owned should be quashed.

Anthony Lacavera, chairman of Wind Mobile parent Globalive Communications Corp., acknowledged that Wind’s move to cut about 42 service jobs in Mississauga and move work to Egypt and Peterborough could be “used by our detractors to bash us.”

But he said the Mississauga downsizing and job transfers are focused on making the best of resources, adding that about 120 staff remain there.

He said the Mississauga centre will not be closed but could become home to head-office staff, adding that cost savings from the transfer of jobs to Egypt are 20 per cent to 30 per cent per employee.

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