Quebecor killing itself by abandoning quality local jobs and journalism
OTTAWA, Nov. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - CWA Canada is calling on Quebecor to stop its
slash-and-burn, cost-cutting strategy and focus on quality local jobs and
journalism to boost profits.
Quebecor revealed today that it is cutting some 500 jobs at its Sun Media
newspaper division, including the closure of production plants in Ottawa and
CWA Canada, the union that representsworkers at several Sun Media newspapers
including the Kingston Whig-Standard, maintains thatcutting jobs is the
wrong strategy and will only make things worse in the long run.
"If we've learned anything over the last few years, it's that cutting jobs
only hurts quality, and that does nothing to attract readers or generate
revenue," said CWA Canada Director Martin O'Hanlon. "Quebecor should be
investing in quality local jobs and journalism to win back disenchanted
"Quebecor talks a good story about its commitment to the communities it
serves, but everything it does — from cutting local jobs to producing
sub-standard local news — is bad for those communities."
O'Hanlon noted that the job cuts carry a big personal and community toll.
Hundreds of workers will soon be out of work, hurting them, their families and
the communities in which they live and contribute.
O'Hanlon suggested that Quebecor borrow a page from legendary investor Warren
Buffett who is busy buying newspapers in the United States and committing to
quality local journalism as the key to success.
CWA Canada is the country's only media-specific union, representing over 6,000
workers at companies such as the CBC, The Canadian Press, Reuters, and
newspapers coast to coast.
Martin O'Hanlon Director, CWA Canada (613)-820-8460 firstname.lastname@example.org
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