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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

More missed news

Lots of stuff in the papers these days: The Agent Orange investigation is getting underway, there are new developments in the takeover of the Nackawic mill, the Marysville bypass debate is still simmering ... and none of it, absolutely none of it, is getting covered by the management-organized "programming" coming out of Toronto.

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Blogger CMG Fredericton said...

here's some news!

Locked out workers hold rally outside CBC headquarters; no talks planned
-By Erin Henderson

TORONTO (CP) _ Amid angry boos and shouts of shame, executive
vice-president of CBC television Richard Stursberg navigated his way
around hundreds of workers protesting in front of CBC's downtown broadcasting centre Tuesday.

Ironically, the first door he tried was locked in order to keep out 5,500 employees who have been locked out since Aug. 15.

Despite appearing in the midst of a support rally for CBC's workers,
complete with a speech by Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz Hargrove, Stursberg declined employees' invitations to address the crowd.

I think everybody should come back to the table and negotiate,Stursberg
told The Canadian Press as he briskly walked towards another entrance. When told the Canadian Media Guild - the union representing the workers - was prepared to go back to the table, Stursberg responded, so are we.

David Shannon, a locked out producer who asked Stursberg to take the
microphone at the rally, was visibly angry.

If he's not here in order to negotiate and bring this to an end, then he should go sit inside where he belongs and, I guess, count beans,he said.

The major sticking point in the labour dispute is that the broadcaster wants to increase contract workers and reduce the number of full-time employees.

The guild's CBC branch president, Arnold Amber, said the union is prepared to return to the table at any time to negotiate, but it won't meekly go back to the table to accept the corporation's demands.

What we want is a negotiation. We have a counter-proposal. We don't want to go in and just talk about their principles,Amber said at Tuesday's rally.

The Writers' Union of Canada called on CBC president Robert Rabinovitch and his board of directors Tuesday to end the lockout.

In a statement, union chair Brian Brett openly worried about how Canadian authors, who can normally promote their books on CBC's arts
programs, will get publicity.

With the shutting down of national radio programs ... writers are being
denied access to the outlets they normally use for telling Canadians about their new works of fiction and non-fiction,read the statement.

Currently the broadcaster is filling the air with a combination of
management-run programming, reruns and BBC programming.

They're not doing OK. They're doing horrible. Everybody I've heard is
disgusted with what they're doing,'' said guest speaker Hargrove about the patchwork efforts of management to fill the airwaves. I haven't heard one positive comment about what's happening ... What they're doing is they're undermining public broadcasting and that's the tragedy of it all.

Amber said it would likely take Ottawa's intervention to get the two sides talking again.

What I think it's going to need is an outside force, like the federal
labour minister, to come in here and say to both sides, I'm telling you to get back to the table and start talking and real negotiations.

CAW president Buzz Hargrove has joined the chorus asking that the federal government help settle the dispute.

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