Globalive optimistic with 800 still on payroll

In a most definitely Canadian move, Globalive announced today that they will keep 800 employees on the payroll for its Wind Mobile service while waiting to see if they get federal approval to launch its wireless business.

About 400 of Globalive’s cellphone retail store and call centre employees in Calgary and Toronto have finished training and are volunteering at organizations such as food banks, boys and girls groups, literacy groups and the Salvation Army, said Chris Robbins, chief commercial officer at Globalive Wireless.

The CRTC prevented Globalive from launching its Wind Mobile phone service this month, ruling the company isn’t Canadian-owned and controlled.