Stop wooing Verizon, says union

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 
telecommunications. 
"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 
often spotty. 
"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," 
says Coles. 
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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CO: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
ST: Ontario
NI: LABOR  
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