MONTREAL, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Telecommunications
Employees' Association (CTEA) will attend BCE Annual Meeting of Shareholders
to protest against the slashing of benefits for future pensioners and the
outsourcing of jobs.
"Bell's strategy is clear: cutting costs at the expense of its employees,
protested Line Brisson, Chairman of the CTEA Bargaining Committee. But the
Company won't get back on track by slashing the working conditions of
In 2005, clerical employees accepted wage freezes to help the Company
face the competition. In exchange, Bell had signed a memorandum of agreement
on job security.
"Bell Canada is taking all possible means to bypass the memorandum of
agreement and increase outsourcing: reduced work hours, cutting temporary
jobs, closing sites... Our members feel they have been cheated", added
In 2006, the speech on the abusive use of outsourcing delivered by
Danny Taurozzi, CTEA Vice-President, before Michael Sabia, President of BCE,
had been applauded by several shareholders.
The BCE Annual Meeting will be held on June 6, 2007 in Montreal. "Once
again, we will be there to speak on behalf of our members and denounce the
unfair decisions of senior management. The shareholders must be told what's
going on", concluded Mrs. Brisson.
About the CTEA:
The CTEA is an independent union certified in the 1940s by the Canadian
Labour Relations Board to represent employees of Bell Canada. Over the years,
the CTEA has been certified as the bargaining representative for several
groups of employees working for employers such as Comtech, Bell Aliant, ACMS
(Amdocs), Télébec S.E.C., Yellow Pages Group, and Bell ICT Outsourcing
For further information:
For further information: In Quebec: Line Brisson, CTEA Vice-President,
(514) 861-9963 ext. 233, Fax: (514) 861-5985, firstname.lastname@example.org; In
Ontario: Brenda Knight, CTEA President, (613) 521-3289, Fax: (613) 521-3267,