Labour bill will have significant impact on public safety wireless resources in Canada

    OTTAWA, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications
Association (CWTA) will appear today before the House of Commons Committee on
Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with
Disabilities to testify on Bill C-257, a bill that would prohibit the use of
replacement workers in times of strike.
    CWTA believes this Bill will significantly impact the ability of wireless
telecommunications carriers to effectively meet their commitments to provide
secure and reliable public safety infrastructure, and, as such, would
jeopardize the safety of all Canadians.
    "Through the networks and services used by police, fire fighters,
Emergency Medical Services (EMS), hospitals and search-and-rescue teams across
Canada, wireless telecommunications play an integral role in delivering
essential public safety and emergency services to Canadians," said Peter
Barnes, President and CEO of CWTA. "With no provisions to address emergency
services, Bill C-257 would significantly jeopardize the industry's ability to
support first responders."

    About the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA)

    CWTA is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in
Canada. It represents cellular, PCS, messaging, mobile radio, fixed wireless
and mobile satellite carriers as well as companies that develop and produce
products and services for the industry. (

For further information:

For further information: Marc Choma, CWTA, (613) 233-4888, ext. 207,

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