Global puts staff and communities last with cutbacks

    OTTAWA, Oct. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Global television, which proudly advertises
that it leads the broadcasting industry in ratings and profitability, has
abandoned its employees and audiences in cities across the country, says
Canada's largest media union.
    "Global's decision to drastically cut back its workforce is yet another
sign that big broadcasters are deserting the very communities they purport to
serve, while attracting large national advertisers for those very same
markets," says Peter Murdoch, Vice-President Media for the Communications,
Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, which represents approximately
1,000 members at the network's stations.
    "Rather than put the savings made from this restructuring back into the
local communities in terms of upgraded local programming and news, the cash
goes to the Bay St. bankers. It's outrageous. And in some cities, audiences
will actually see a reduction in newsgatherers."
    Murdoch says the union is considering all of its options -- including
filing complaints to the CRTC.
    "We have been in front of the Canada Labour Board for five years, trying
to convince them what most Canadians would deem obvious - Global is a single
employer and its employees should have the right to deal with the corporation
as a single employer. No different than the CBC or Air Canada. We are still
waiting, and now workers are waiting too -- for their pink slips."

For further information:

For further information: Peter Murdoch, (905) 516-5720 (cell), (613)
230-5800, ext. 249

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