Reports last week from Canada indicate that Mitel is cutting up to six per cent of its workforce after its recent US$723 million deal to acquire U.S.-based Inter-Tel.
The Ottawa-based company said the job cuts affected employees in both Canada and the U.S., and amounted to between five and six per cent of the combined company’s overall workforce.
“We merged with Inter-Tel a couple of weeks ago and as you’d expect as part of any merger or acquisition you’d see some kind of synergy realization,” Simon Gwatkin, vice-president of strategic marketing, said last week.
“It’s very disappointing but it’s something that is, unfortunately, necessary when it comes to realizing the synergies.”
Gwatkin would not confirm the exact number of layoffs, but with a combined workforce of 3,400, the job cuts are likely to be affect about 200 employees.