OTTAWA, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - "The government's upcoming wireless
spectrum auction should include commitments to Canadian workers", says
Dave Coles, President of Canada's largest telecommunications workers'
On June 11 Industry Canada will start the bidding process for 700
megahertz spectrum. This bandwidth frequency will allow
telecommunications companies to rapidly transmit large amounts of data,
which will improve cellphone connections in elevators, tunnels and
other places where service is often spotty.
"The sale of this highly coveted spectrum is a prime opportunity to
protect Canadian telecommunications jobs from being moved offshore",
said Coles. "Industry Canada needs to add job guidelines to its list of
non-monetary criteria for telecom companies wanting access to these
public airwaves," said Coles.
In recent years, thousands of jobs have been sent offshore and this has
contributed to a major decline in Canadian telecom employment. The
telecommunications workforce is down 10 per cent since the early-1990s
with telecommunications employment accounting for 1.15 per cent of all
industrial employment in 1991 and only 0.78 per cent of the workforce
"Over the past five years, telecommunication companies have been making
$7 billion in profit annually so they have the money to pay Canadian
workers a proper wage," said Coles.
"Companies granted access to public airwaves should commit to Canadian
workers," said Coles.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles (613) 299-5628