TORONTO, March 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Following months of collective
bargaining, members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers
Union, who work at Bell Aliant, are voting on their employer's offer
But the union is concerned by what CEP's Ontario Administrative
Vice-President Barb Dolan calls Bell Aliant's "disturbing lack of
equity". "Despite record profits," says Dolan, "Bell Aliant is refusing
to pay its office employees, who are mostly women, at the same rate of
pay as its mostly male technicians."
CEP's Executive Vice-President, Quebec, Michel Ouimet, echoes her
sentiments: "Nowadays, it is simply scandalous to see an employer
treat a group of employees, the majority of whom are women, as
"We are aware that our members have a difficult decision to make," adds
Ouimet. He explains that Bell is banking on that insecurity "by
presenting an offer that is less advantageous than what was given to
The proposal contains some gains, including reclassification of
temporary employees to permanent and part-time employees to full-time,
an increase in the per diems and of the boot allowance, improvements to
bereavement leave, the creation of a higher salary group and protection
against outsourcing for all employees.
Meetings are being held today and tomorrow in many parts of Quebec and
Ontario. Results of the vote will be released, March 28th.
Negotiations began last October. The collective agreement expired, May
31st, 2012. CEP represents more than 140 office employees, of whom 100 are
in Ontario and 40 in Quebec.
CEP is Canada's largest telecommunications union, as well as the largest
in both Ontario and Quebec.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Barb Dolan (416) 998-3954