TORONTO, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Bell ExpressVu has illegally locked-out
its staff, according to a new ruling from the Canadian Industrial
Relations Board. Employees, members of CEP local 79M were given notice
of lock-out on July 10 and told they were not to return to work during
the 72 hour notice period.
"The Board has acknowledged that employees were sent out on an illegal
lock-out", said Mike Kachurowski, CEP National Representative. "Our
members are in the process of negotiating a first collective agreement
and breaking the rules is not the way to start off a relationship."
Negotiations have been ongoing since April to secure a first collective
agreement for the employees. The employees rejected a first offer from
Bell ExpressVu with 88% and shortly after received notice of lock-out.
"This kind of tactic is disingenuous and attempts to force employees to
accept bad deals" added Kachurowski. "What we need is to get back to
the bargaining table and work towards a TV agreement for TV employees".
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Mike Kachurowski, CEP National Representative, (416) 434-1410
Barb Dolan, Administrative Vice-President, Ontario Region, (416) 998-3954