Canadian Media Guild

Canadian Media Guild

August 22, 2005 10:13 ET

Union asks Ottawa to hold on to CBC funds

"Don't finance employee lockout" Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 22, 2005) - In an advertisement appearing today in the Hill Times, the weekly newspaper read by decision-makers in Ottawa, the Canadian Media Guild called on the federal government to withhold CBC's parliamentary appropriation during the lockout.

"Should a Crown corporation that locks out its employees continue to get its full parliamentary appropriation?" asks the Guild.

"CBC management should not be using Canadians' money to finance the lockout," says Guild president Lise Lareau. "We hear from Canadians every day who are missing their public broadcaster. They shouldn't have to pay for the programming they are being offered right now."

"It is completely inappropriate to use public funds to help CBC management undermine public broadcasting," says federal NDP leader Jack Layton, who has joined picket lines across the country since the beginning of the lockout.

Since the lockout began on August 15, CBC management has received approximately $11 million to run all its services outside Quebec. Unless the federal government intervenes, CBC management will continue to bank this money each week for as long as the lockout lasts.

According to the union's ad, a senior manager was heard to say before the lockout began: "as soon as (employees) are out, we are in a cash positive position, and the revenue continues to come in and the parliamentary allotment continues."

"It is immoral to let the managers of a Crown corporation turn their lockout into a profit centre," concludes the ad.

The Canadian Media Guild believes the money should be held in trust until the end of the lockout and used to expand local and regional programming once CBC employees are back to work.
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Contact Information

  • Lise Lareau, President, Canadian Media Guild
    Primary Phone: 416-591-5333 ext. 233
    Secondary Phone: 416-524-5473
    Toll-Free: 800-465-4149