OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - CWA Canada is calling on Quebecor to stop
its slash-and-burn, cost-cutting strategy and focus on quality local
jobs and journalism to boost profits.
Quebecor revealed today that it is cutting some 500 jobs at its Sun
Media newspaper division, including the closure of production plants in
Ottawa and Kingston.
CWA Canada, the union that represents workers at several Sun Media
newspapers including the Kingston Whig-Standard, maintains that cutting
jobs is the wrong strategy and will only make things worse in the long
"If we've learned anything over the last few years, it's that cutting
jobs only hurts quality, and that does nothing to attract readers or
generate revenue," said CWA Canada Director Martin O'Hanlon. "Quebecor
should be investing in quality local jobs and journalism to win back
"Quebecor talks a good story about its commitment to the communities it
serves, but everything it does — from cutting local jobs to producing
sub-standard local news — is bad for those communities."
O'Hanlon noted that the job cuts carry a big personal and community
toll. Hundreds of workers will soon be out of work, hurting them, their
families and the communities in which they live and contribute.
O'Hanlon suggested that Quebecor borrow a page from legendary investor
Warren Buffett who is busy buying newspapers in the United States and
committing to quality local journalism as the key to success.
CWA Canada is the country's only media-specific union, representing over
6,000 workers at companies such as the CBC, The Canadian Press,
Reuters, and newspapers coast to coast.
SOURCE: CWA-SCA CANADA
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Director, CWA Canada