MONTREAL, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Expertech Network Installation Inc. and
the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) reached an agreement
over the weekend based on some refinements of the Company's final offer that,
if accepted by union members, will allow Expertech to avoid closure. The
agreement fully meets Expertech's requirements for putting in place the
competitive cost structure it needs to be viable while addressing key issues
for the union on behalf of employees.
The Union is recommending acceptance of this offer and will submit it to
its members for a vote beginning this week. The results of the vote will be
known on March 19, 2007.
"I am encouraged by this important development," said Jacques Robichon,
president and CEO of Expertech. "A positive vote can avoid the closure of the
Company and save more than 1,000 jobs. In the interim, the Company has no
choice but to continue with its wind down activities."
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