CUPE calls for broadcaster to keep its promises
OTTAWA, ON. – Global Television is breaking its promises to Quebec City residents by transferring production activities from its Québec City station CKMI to Toronto, says Paul Moist, national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
“Global shouldn’t make promises just to break into a market,” said Moist. “It must honour its promises to develop its English-language service in Quebec City and help build bridges between communities.”
When applying for the license, CanWest Global committed to making CKMI its main base in Quebec. At the time, they promised to hire 75 people as soon as the station opened. The majority of them would be located in Québec City. Global even promised 100 employees by the second year, including several more positions in Québec City.
After the transfer of production to Toronto, slated for Sept. 26, Global will have only 8 full-time employees and one part-time employee at CKMI in Québec City – far short of its initial promises.
Moist said that he was dismayed to hear that Global was turning its back on Quebec City.
“There is still time for Global to do the right thing in Quebec City,” Moist said. “It should keep its promises, build production capacity and contribute to cross-cultural understanding. In this way, Global will be building bridges, not burning them.”
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