Telecom news roundup: Telus employees prepare to strike [Jan 14-20]
Telecom News Roundup: Telecom Employees Prepare to Strike!
The news that Telus employees prepare to strike has sent shockwaves throughout the telecom industry. Not since the days of Ma Bell have employees had the courage to stand-up and demand fair wages and reasonable working hours.
It’s been a wild journey to get here, but here are the top things you need to know if you’re looking to stay on top of the situation.
Employee Unions Group Together
Signaling to the telecom giants that they’re in it for the long haul, two of the biggest telecom employee unions, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) and Canadian Auto Workers (CAW), have announced their intentions to join forces in solidarity. No word yet on when the first picket line will be formed, but it’s sure to make a statement.
High Demand for Solutions
With such a high demand for solutions, governments and telecom companies have started to explore alternative approaches to the problem at hand. One potential scenario may include setting up an independent dispute-resolution mechanism to resolve contentious issues.
Other Reasons for the Strike
The strike has been bubbling up for quite some time because of a few other issues. These include complaints about wages and work-hour expectations. As well, employees are pushing for more job stability, as well as improved healthcare benefits to better protect themselves and their families.
Help From the Community
Everyone from small business owners to teachers are bellowing their support of the employees in their communities. Local restaurants and other establishments have started offering discounts and discounts to protesting employees. Maps of the strike locations and times have even been made available, suggesting the potential to mobilize many people in the fight.
It looks like the employees of Telus are ready to stake their claim on their future. With increased community support and collective bargaining power behind them, these telecom workers surely look to make an exciting and powerful statement over the coming days.
So be sure to stay tuned to the news and social media channels over the next week, as the story (likely) continues to unfold. Who knows, maybe this will be the start of a new era for telecom workers across the country? Here’s hoping!