Rogers telephone and TV technicians poised to strike
TORONTO, May 18, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
About 600 employees who provide telephone
and television service and installation for residential and commercial
customers of Rogers across Ontario, are set to strike June 15th, at
Their union, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of
Canada, has been at the bargaining table with two of the four
contractors for more than a year, trying to obtain a first collective
agreement. The contractors are Intek Communications Inc., Wirecomm
Systems Inc., SC360 Markham Inc. and Dependable Home Tech Scarborough.
"We will negotiate right up until the strike deadline and make every
attempt to reach a settlement," says CEP's Ontario Region
Vice-President, Kim Ginter, "but we have a strong strike mandate from a
group of workers who are fed up with enduring financial challenges and
unreliable employment continuity."
One of the key issues is that the companies -- contractors of Rogers
Communications - pay their employees on a piece-work system.
"This creates a very unstable financial situation for the workers and
they are not able to plan for their families," says Ginter. "CEP
believes they deserve to be paid fairly and treated with respect in the
Other unresolved issues are employer clawback systems, seniority, layoff
and recall procedures and work assignment.
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SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
Marvin Pupeza - (416) 453-3085
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