TORONTO – Two of Canada's largest unions are planning a rally in Toronto this Friday to protest the Harper government's decision to allow U.S. telco giant Verizon to compete in Canada's telecommunications market.
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union and the Canadian Auto Workers, together to become Unifor, have organized the march through downtown Toronto.
OTTAWA - The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is calling on Harper's Conservatives to heed the majority of Canadians' opinion and repeal legislation allowing foreign companies to take over Canada's telecommunications. According to a recent Nanos Research survey*, 33% of Canadians "oppose" and 17% "somewhat oppose" "foreign-owned wireless telecommunications companies entering the Canadian market to compete for business."
OTTAWA - The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is calling on the Harper government to explain how it intends to review and address national security concerns related to New York-based Verizon Communications' entry into the Canadian wireless market. According to a little discussed aspect of the Canada Investment Act, when large foreign companies enter the country the Minister of Industry must evaluate and remedy any potential national security concerns.
OTTAWA -- The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is calling on the Harper government to rescind advantages offered to Verizon Communications to set up as a fourth major carrier and to instead establish a Crown Corporation to fulfill this objective.
The Conservative government's telecommunications policy is a mess. And that's being kind. As part of an effort to open Canada's telco sector up to foreign ownership, and to appear to be defending consumers, Ottawa is set to give a huge U.S. company valuable public telecommunications spectrum on the cheap.
MEXICO CITY – Canada’s largest telecommunications union has organized a tri-national conference of telecom unions that begins today in Mexico City to work on strategies for reversing what Dave Coles says is “growing job insecurity and poor working conditions faced by telco workers in North America.”