Bell Canada has tabled its final offer for settlement for a new collective agreement to the Communications, Energy...
July 21, 2004
Bell Canada has tabled its final offer for settlement for a new collective agreement to the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), which represents the company’s 7,000 technicians.
A meeting of the union’s presidents is scheduled for tomorrow morning.
“In an effort to reach a negotiated settlement, we have tabled our final offer,” said Ellen Malcolmson, Bell’s senior vice president of operations.
“It represents the limit to which the company can go in meeting the priorities of the union and its members. We would expect that given the changes we have made to the offer, the union would take it to the membership for a vote.”
In the event of a membership vote on the offer, the 72 hour strike notice received Monday would be suspended. However, Bell said it is fully prepared for a strike should one occur and its highest business priority willbe maintaining service to customers.
The company has already trained more than 4,600 management employees who will ensure, in the event of a work disruption by the company’s technicians, that service is maintained