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."
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.
Beyond the workforce, foreign control over telecom risks national security as well as personal and other confidential information. Public Safety Canada privately warned Industry Canada that their plan to open the sector up to foreign telecom providers poses a "considerable risk" to national security.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
I am writing to express my opposition to proposed reforms to the Telecommunications Act allowing foreign-controlled corporations to buy telecom companies holding up to 10 percent of the Canadian market.
Canada’s telecom giants want a national set of standards to govern
cellphone contracts, saying emerging provincial legislation amounts to a
patchwork that would not protect consumers in all parts of the country.
BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. along with the
Public Interest Advocacy Centre have called on the telecom regulator to
craft a federal consumer protection code that would apply to all mobile
device customers in Canada.
OTTAWA – Canada’s largest telecommunications union has today submitted a brief to the CRTC backing the demand of consumer and public interest groups for a national wireless code to protect consumer interests.
As much as $4 billion is lost to consumers due to a lack of regulation in the telco industry, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada notes in its submission to the CRTC’s Telecom Notice of Consultation.
OTTAWA—A Canadian union is going to court in an effort to compel the
federal government to rule whether the recently created Postmedia
newspaper group meets Canadian ownership standards and is in Canada’s
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) has
asked the Federal Court to order Heritage Minister James Moore to probe
the corporate structure of Postmedia, which publishes the National Post
and other urban dailies.