Following a recent shift in activism in Unifor Bell Canada and Bell-affiliated workplaces, members in Quebec take campaign planning to the members.
Do you live in Quebec? Then the Bell Real Talk campaign is coming to a local union near you!
Unifor national representatives and Assistant to the Quebec Director, John Caluori, have already visited Unifor Locals 93,98, 77-Q, 79, and 176.
Meetings are well attended, open spaces where rank-and-file members voice concerns with their working conditions, with Bell’s business decisions, and are together, planning for a new year of heightened advocacy and campaigning.
“These meetings have proven the deep determination telecommunications members to stake out and defend decent working conditions in the face of a company that increasingly tosses its employees aside to maximize profits,” said Renaud Gagné, Unifor Quebec Director.
The Bell Real Talk campaign was launched in 2019, to unite all Bell workers facing the company’s attempts to erode good jobs, and leave current employees behind in the shift to new technology.
The effects of these tactics, paired with the deeply unfair Stacked Ranking performance management system has resulted in widespread mental health concerns for employees of Bell Canada.
Unifor represents members all across Bell’s corporate structure, from installation and technicians, to sales and clerical workers.
“Unifor members at Bell are living through a strategic attempts to chip away at their working conditions and a denial of the intense stress of the job. Bell’s intentions are no secret, it’s been stated as such by DEO George Cope and next in line Mirko Bibic,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “They may agree on this plan, but that doesn’t means that Unifor members will accept it.”
To support Bell workers, sign up for updates at Bellrealtalk.ca, or sign the petition to demand that Cope reverse the wholesale outsourcing of Wireless to the Home installations.
Contact the Quebec or Canada member organizers to see how your telecommunications local can take action.
Quebec: Stéphane Brin firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada: Shawn Cowan Shawn.Cowan@unifor.org