The Telecommunications Council met on June 20-21, bringing together workers from across the country to discuss collective bargaining strategies and new developments within the sector. Workplace stress and mental health figured prominently as an important feature of a health and safety strategy.
“The telecommunications industry in Canada is evolving dramatically through innovations in technology and our members have adapted well to changes,” said Marc Rousseau, Telecommunications Council Chair. “At the same time, members are feeling the strain of decades of more work, being done by far fewer people.”
Council members were energized from participating in the Parliament Hill lobby day, organized by the Canadian Labour Congress this past winter.
“Our major challenge is to make politicians aware and to protect this national resource through future lobbying of the federal government, advocacy, and submissions to the CRTC,” said Telecommunications Industry Director Tyson Siddall.
Unifor will enter negotiations this September with Bell Canada for the clerical unit, covering approximately 5,000 members. Over the last two decades, the workforce has seen a massive reduction, down from approximately 12,600 workers in 1998.