MONTREAL, Jan. 17, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The CSN is launching today a short video intended to show members of Parliament the wage inequity issue between members of the Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (FNC-CSN) and Canadian Media Guild members.
In the video, Alex Levasseur, the president of the Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada-CSN, explains that in 2009, the CBC and the SCRC signed a letter of understanding stating that management would study plans to bring the wages of Quebec and Moncton employees in line with those of other CBC employees in the rest of Canada.
"This wage disparity has been well documented by Stéphane Renaud, professor at the University of Montreal and wage expert. There is no longer any doubt: The CBC and Radio-Canada do not offer the same wages to employees with the same evaluation punch. Professor Renaud's study clearly shows that CBC/Radio-Canada employees are paid on average 6.85% less when they work in the province of Quebec or in Moncton. It's also a fact that the positions hit hardest by this inequity are the lowest paid ones which are mainly held by women," stressed Mr. Levasseur.
Despite the reliability and professionalism of the study, CBC management reneged its commitment to correct the inequity and even goes as far as to refuse to acknowledge its very existence or discuss it with union representatives.
Pascale St-Onge, secretary general of the Fédération nationale des communications-CSN (FNC-CSN), urges parliamentarians to watch the video so they can take a stand on the matter. "We know that very few people are aware of this injustice. The FNC believes it's the responsibility of members of Parliament to take concrete action in order to put a stop to this unfairness," declared Mrs. St-Onge.
"We already know that CBC/Radio-Canada employees will be working side by side during the Sochi Olympic Games which are about to start. People with the same job description working for the same employer and in the same office will not be getting fair wages," added Alex Levasseur.
The Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada represents 1,600 members in the province of Quebec and in Moncton and is affiliated with the Fédération nationale des communications-CSN, which is composed of 7,000 members working in culture and communications. Founded in 1921, the CSN is a trade union federation that works toward a cohesive, democratic, just, fair and sustainable society. To this end, the CSN takes part in many debates that concern Quebeckers. The CSN federates almost 2,000 unions and represents more than 300,000 workers on a sectoral or professional basis within eight federations, as well as regionally via 13 central councils, primarily in the province of Quebec.
SOURCE: Fédération nationale des communications (FNC-CSN)
For further information:
Martin Petit, Department of Communications, CSN
514 894-1326 [email protected]