Canadian Media Guild

Canadian Media Guild

August 15, 2005 13:08 ET

Union urges CBC board to end lock

Canadian Media Guild members walk the picket line from coast-to-coast Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 15, 2005) - On the first day of the biggest ever work stoppage at Canada's public broadcaster, the Canadian Media Guild called on members of CBC's board of directors to intervene to end the lockout. The CMG represents the 5,500 on-air, production, technical and administrative staff who were turned away from work by their employer this morning.

"The CBC board's role is to be accountable to the Canadian public. And Canadians have a real sense of fairness. They know this lockout feels wrong. It's an unnecessarily aggressive action by the senior management of this crown corporation," says Lise Lareau, president of the CMG.

"This lockout is in no one's interest. It denies a fundamental public service and is about taking away an important feature of employment: the idea of a real career, " says Arnold Amber, the president of the CMG's CBC branch. "The national broadcaster is so vitally important to the identity of this country, this lockout shouldn't be treated as a typical labour dispute and be allowed run on for weeks."

The CBC board has 10 members appointed by the federal government, in addition to acting chair Robert Rabinovitch, who is the broadcaster's president. This is the fifth major work stoppage at the Corporation in the past seven years.
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Contact Information

  • Lise Lareau, President, Canadian Media Guild
    Primary Phone: 416-591-5333 ext. 233
    Secondary Phone: 415-524-5473
    Toll-Free: 800-465-4149