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Bell Canada, CEP contract negotiations back on

Bell Canada will return to the bargaining table with the representatives of the Communications, Energy and Paperwor...


July 13, 2004  


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Bell Canada will return to the bargaining table with the representatives of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ Union of Canada (CEP) which represents the company’s technicians.

Negotiations will resume tomorrow.

“We believe that a fair and reasonable approach will lead to a negotiated settlement,” said Ellen Malcolmson, Bell’s senior vice president of operations. “But clearly now is the time for the union to outline their key outstanding issues if we are to make meaningful progress.”

Malcolmson said the union must realize the industry has changed significantly and permanently.

“In view of these changes, there are limits to which the company can go. Any new contract with our technicians must achieve a balanced result for both employees and the company in a way that allows us to best serve our customers and remain competitive.”

The company’s offer for a new collective agreement was rejected yesterday by 62.3% of the technicians who voted. Of Bell’s 7,097 technicians, 3,524 voted to reject the offer.

They have been without a contract since November of last year.