The Canadian Union of Public Employees’ (CUPE) National Executive Board (NEB) has pledged the union’s full support to locked-out Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) at Telus, including a donation of $10,000.
The NEB will also investigate ways to exert economic pressure on Telus and urges CUPE members to support TWU picket lines. The board is also calling for binding arbitration.
CUPE urges Telus customers to file complaints with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regarding poor service due to the lockout.
CUPE will consult with Telus workers in Quebec, members of CUPE, on all aspects of the dispute.
Telus has cut thousands of jobs over the past five years while the TWU has been trying to negotiate a fair collective agreement. Despite TWU proposals that would save Telus money and ensure growth, this employer has ignored the rights of its own workers.