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Quebecor has applied for a publication ban on labour board hearings into strike-breaking charges.

Journal de Québec union spokesperson Denis Bolduc called the action deplorable. “Why would a media outlet would attempt to prevent other media from covering labour board hearings? What are they trying to hide?”

“After engineering this lockout from top to bottom you’d think they’d have the decency to explain themselves publicly,” Bolduc said.

Bolduc said the employer - in this case a Quebecor subsidiary, the Nomade Agency - has already failed to get a publication ban at a Mar. 12 hearing.

The lockout began April 22, 2007.