OTTAWA, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Transcontinental Media is forcing its
Canadian freelance writers and photographers to sign a contract that
strips them of all rights to their work, without providing reasonable
compensation, or even the chance to negotiate.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) and its
freelance local, the Canadian Freelance Union (CFU) stands in deep
opposition to this move.
"It's disgusting. Freelancers try desperately to earn something from
their creative talents, and now have a vast media empire looking to
snatch all rights to their work. We will not stand by and let this
company trample long-held creative rights. They are too important to
those working in the media," said Peter Murdoch, Vice-President Media
for the CEP.
CEP is Canada's largest media union, representing thousands of workers
at newspapers across the country.
Under this new Transcontinental contract, a freelancer's work becomes
the exclusive property of the company. In effect, a freelancer's work
is treated exactly the same as if it were produced by a staff writer or
photographer - but with a few major differences: The freelancer is paid
peanuts, has no job security, has no access to basic workplace
benefits, and is not even eligible for simple things like Employment
"It's the ultimate 'having your cake and eating it too' scenario," says
Michael OReilly, CFU President. "Transcontinental takes all the
benefits for itself, and avoids all the responsibilities that typically
go with having workers. It's a sad day indeed when Canada's largest
printer, with revenues of over $2 billion, goes on a direct attack
against some of the lowest-paid cultural workers in this country."
The Canadian Freelance Union is helping lead a broad coalition of
organizations who stand in opposition to this new contract.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Michael OReilly, President
Canadian Freelance Union (CEP 2040)
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada