KINGSTON— Telecommunications workers from Expertech will converge in Kingston, Ontario, on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, rallying against Bell's sustained efforts in job erosion through practices such as offshoring and contracting out. The unified stand calls for full-time jobs, equitable wages and benefits that keep up with the pace of inflation.
Unifor members at Expertech (a subsidiary of Bell Canada), both the craft and clerical groups, are currently in collective bargaining, demanding better protection of good union jobs in the telecommunications sector. Their contract expired on November 30, 2023, and Bell Canada has not yet responded to any of the tabled monetary wage demands from these workers.
"During the COVID-19 pandemic, telecommunications workers were on the frontlines keeping our communities connected. Despite this, Bell Canada has downsized its workforce and outsourced more and more work. It's wrong – and it’s time for Bell to negotiate a fair deal for these workers," said Samia Hashi, Ontario Regional Director.
WHAT: Telecommunications Workers Rally
WHEN: Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 12:00PM (Noon)
WHERE: Kingston Market Square Hotel, marching to Confederation Park (285 King St E, Kingston, ON K7L 3B1, marching to Confederation Park)
WHO: Samia Hashi, Ontario Regional Director and Roch LeBlanc, Unifor Telecommunications Director
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For media inquiries please contact Unifor National Communications Representative Conley Mosterd at @email or by cell at 416-795-5099