Bell Canada laid off 88 workers last week in BC and Alberta – a move Canada’s largest telecom union says undermines the company’s commitment to the West. “Bell makes lots of noise about its Olympic commitments but it has been quiet about the devastating layoffs to its western Canada operation and its business commitment to the West,” Wendy Sol, administrative VP, western region, Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) said in a release yesterday. CEP reports that most of the layoffs affected technicians and the new CEP unit of clerical workers. Some of the work has been outsourced, including data processing which has gone to the Caribbean. The clerical workers are part of a unit that is negotiating a first collective agreement. CEP has filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Canadian Industrial Relations Board charging that Bell has violated labour law with the layoffs. “Bell says it wants to compete nationally, not just in Ontario and Quebec, and then it hacks away at its dedicated workforce in western Canada and sends jobs out of the country,” said Sol.