TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - "Another callous move by an employer that
treats its workforce like pawns on a chess board."
That reaction from Barb Dolan, the Ontario Administrative Vice-President
of the union representing some 400 Bell Canada workers who learned
today that their jobs were being cut or moved to another city.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP)
represents the 65 workers who will be laid off in Ottawa, as well as
the 300 clerical employees and 23 technicians whose jobs will be moved
from Scarborough and downtown Toronto to the Bell campus in
"Our members in Ottawa, many with years of loyal service, feel like
they're being dumped on a trash heap," says Dolan. "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."
"We continue to see companies, such as Bell Canada, moving work anywhere
they like -- including out of the country -- to increase their bottom
line. It's time for governments at all levels to take responsibility
and stand up for their constituents and their families.
"Moving work out of province and offshore is an attempt to bust the
union and destroy the hard-fought gains of Canadian workers," says
CEP is the largest union in many key sectors of the Canadian economy,
including, forestry, media and telecommunications, oil, gas, chemical,
mining and construction.
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Barb Dolan 416-998-3954