Global fails to honour its commitments



    MONTREAL, Oct. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Global TV employees union, affiliated
with CUPE, have vigorously denounced Canwest's decision to close its
Sherbrooke station, to reduce Québec City coverage to a minimum, to cut the
six o'clock news in Montreal and to axe its morning program. Global's
management has reneged on its promise to maintain a TV station worthy of the
name in Québec's capital and is reducing to ashes the news produced in its
major city. What's more, the tasks of production and broadcasting have been
transferred to Western Canada.
    "This is a tremendous loss for English Canadians," says union president
Anne Leclair, "Global has just slashed local news produced in Québec. Instead
of informing citizens about what's happening in their own region, they'll be
broadcasting news produced mainly in Toronto. This shows a flagrant lack of
respect for their clientele." The employees' representative also deplores the
firing of half the staff following today's announcement. "These are people who
are proud of their work and dedicated to producing quality news every day. And
this is how they treat us!" The union intends to quickly analyse every
possible means for contesting these decisions and minimising the impact on
salaries.
    CUPE has not forgotten that Global Television obtained a licence from the
CRTC to operate an English station in Québec. They have abandoned their
initial mandate and reneged on commitments made over the years to the CRTC
concerning what they would offer viewers in Québec. The Global management
decisions take effect immediately in Québec and Sherbrooke, and will be
implemented in Montreal next April.

    CUPE has 7,000 members in communications in Québec and is also present in
several other sectors, notably health and social services, education, urban
and air transport, Quebec Crown Corporations and public agencies,
hydroelectricity and municipalities. With nearly 100,000 members, CUPE is the
largest member of the FTQ.
    This communiqué and other information are available on our web site:
scfp.qc.ca




For further information:

For further information: Alexandre Boulerice, (514) 384-9681, ext. 270,
cell: (514) 668-7148; Source: Canadian Union of Public Emplyees (FTQ)


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