01/25/2012 09:34 EST | Updated 03/26/2012 05:12 EDT

Bell Canada lays off 60 Ottawa workers

About 400 Bell Canada workers in Ontario will be cut or moved, according to their union, including 60 layoffs in Ottawa.

A statement on the website for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) called the changes "another callous move by an employer that treats its workforce like pawns on a chess board.”

The message said 60 workers in Ottawa learned they would be laid off Tuesday. Another 300 clerical workers and 23 technicians in Scarborough and downtown Toronto will be relocated to Bell's Mississauga campus.

“Our members in Ottawa, many with years of loyal service, feel like they’re being dumped on a trash heap,” said Barb Dolan, the union's vice-president in Ontario.

“In Toronto, our members are on pins and needles, as hundreds of families will be uprooted to follow jobs that may be two hours away. Many will be unable to make that kind of commute.”

The CEP has been calling on the government to step in and stop Bell Canada from moving their services out of Canada.