Canada's Enbridge Says 800 Workers Take Voluntary Buyouts

(Reuters) — Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline operator, said on Wednesday about 800 employees have opted for voluntary buyouts, as the company tries to reduce costs to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and the global oil price shock. 

In an email response to Reuters, Calgary-based Enbridge said it was offering employees the option to voluntarily select early retirement, severance, leaves of absence or part-time work.

"As a result of these actions, we won't need to pursue company-wide layoffs at this time," a company spokesperson said.

Enbridge is reducing base pay across its non-union workforce, with the board of directors and CEO Al Monaco taking a 15% cut and the company's executive vice presidents taking a 10% cut.

A recent plunge in global crude prices due to a pandemic-driven drop in demand and excess supply has battered Canada, the world's fourth-largest crude producer.

Last month, Enbridge said it has deferred C$1 billion ($737.57 million) in capital spending and cut costs by C$300 million ($220 million), including salary cuts and retirements.

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