OTTAWA, July 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers
Union of Canada stridently opposes advantages the Harper government is
offering New York-based Verizon Communications to take over Canada's
"Granting one of the biggest companies in the world special rights to public
airwaves (spectrum), to buy small players and to existing companies' networks
may be the most ill conceived policy the Harper government has come up with,"
says CEP President Dave Coles.
"Inits ideological crusade to open the telecommunications sector up to
foreign ownership the Conservatives are 'gaming the rules' in favour of a
major US-based multinational," says Coles.
"If the government is really concerned about protecting wireless consumers why
not simply regulate pricing and contract rules," says Coles. "Instead they are
hell bent on foreign ownership of this country's telco sector, which is bad
for Canada's workers, security and culture."
In September, Industry Canada will start the bidding process for 700 megahertz
spectrum considered the best spectrum that's made available in decades. This
bandwidth frequency will allow telecommunications companies to rapidly
transmit large amounts of data, which will improve cellphone connections in
rural areas as well as elevators, tunnels and other places where service is
"We support granting rights to these valuable public airwaves in exchange for
job guarantees, improved service for remote First Nations or to strengthen
public ownership in the sector," says Coles. "But discounting spectrum for a
mega rich US based company is ludicrous."
"Canadians don't want their government to give special benefits to a company
that's blocked all the workers running its wireless network from union
protection and that is deeply implicated in the recent NSA spying scandal,"
The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is the largest
union in several key sectors of Canada's economy, including forestry, energy,
telecommunications and media. The union's 110,000 members work at a wide
variety of jobs in hundreds of different workplaces across the country.
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
Dave Coles, President, CEP 613.299.5628
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