Sale of ServiCom call centre expected before new year, minister says

Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says bankruptcy proceedings involving Servicom's parent company are expected to wrap up within days.

Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says bankruptcy proceedings are expected to wrap up within days

Cape Breton Regional Police were at ServiCom offices in Sydney last week as the company announced it was shutting down, putting hundreds out of work. (CBC)

The Nova Scotia government says the sale of the shuttered ServiCom call centre in Cape Breton should be completed before the end of the year.

When the call centre in Sydney was closed a week ago, almost 700 workers lost their jobs.

They did not receive advance notice of the closure last Thursday, and they are owed almost four weeks in back pay.

Speaking Thursday after a cabinet meeting, Business Minister Geoff MacLellan said bankruptcy proceedings involving ServiCom's U.S. parent company are expected to wrap up within days.

As well, MacLellan says he and other cabinet ministers have become aware of several other potential bidders.

MacLellan says those interested parties have come forward in Halifax and across the country.