Expertech technicians ratify agreement - Company's viability is assured; more than 1,000 jobs saved

    MONTREAL, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Technicians at Expertech Network
Installation Inc., a provider of network infrastructure services in Canada and
the US, have ratified the agreement reached on March 3, 2007 between the
company and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP). As a
result, Expertech will be able to restructure its business, thereby ensuring
its viability and saving more than 1,000 jobs.
    "Expertech is now well positioned to build on its status as the largest
network installation company in Canada and a leader in the North American
market," said Jacques Robichon, president and chief executive officer of the
company. "Our new cost structure means we will be able to reduce our prices on
average by 25%, bringing them in line with industry rates. We now have the
competitive edge we need to retain our current customers and win new
    The new collective agreement will allow Expertech to maintain its
preferred supplier relationship with its main customer, Bell Canada, and renew
its service contract with Bell for another five years.

    About Expertech

    Expertech Network Installation Inc., owned by Bell Canada and
SNC-Lavalin, provides network infrastructure services to some of the largest
telecommunication companies in North America: wireline and wireless service
providers, network operators, cable companies and equipment manufacturers.

For further information:

For further information: Roch Landriault, (514) 843-2345

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