TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Some of the roughly 300 striking technicians that service Rogers were present at the Rogers Cup finals, yesterday, to hand out leaflets to thousands of tennis fans. Community supporters were also present for the information picket that was set up to inform the public of the striking technicians' bid to get a first collective agreement.
"We were at the Rogers Cup to deliver a clear message to the company that it can't let its contractors get away with bad working conditions," said Kim Ginter, CEP Vice-President for the Ontario Region. "Our members have been on strike for two months now trying to get a first contract that would give them work stability and decent wages."
The striking technicians are employed by DHT and INTEK that are contracted by Rogers to do installations and repairs. They formed a union a year ago and their employers have so far refused to negotiate a first collective agreement. While these technicians struggle with unstable work schedules and often do not earn the legal minimum wage, Rogers has racked in more than $10 billion over the past five years.
"Rogers puts a lot of money into advertising and branding the Rogers Cup, and we wanted to make sure tennis fans were also getting the story from those that deliver Rogers services" added Ginter. "We distributed our story far and wide yesterday, and we won't stop until we get a fair deal."
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
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