MEXICO CITY, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's largest telecommunications
union has organized a tri-national conference of telecom unions that
begins today in Mexico City to work on strategies for reversing what
Dave Coles says is "growing job insecurity and poor working conditions
faced by telco workers in North America."
Coles, the president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers
Union of Canada is joined by labour leaders from Mexico's Sindicato
telefonistas, and the U.S. Communications Workers of America.
"We are up against unprecedented corporate greed that tramples the
rights of workers and we intend to fight back on legal and political
fronts," says Coles. "The excessive deregulated market power of a few
telco companies has resulted in off-shoring of thousands of jobs and
increased foreign ownership."
"The result is good jobs being lost or replaced with low-wage jobs, and
lower quality of service to customers, as employers seek to avoid even
the most basic labour standards."
The three largest telecom unions in North America together represent
more than 260,000 workers in the industry. The tri-national conference
ends this Friday.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles (613) 299-5628