Pierre-Karl Péladeau arrested in Toronto by locked-out employees

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Around thirty locked-out employees traveled from Gatineau to Toronto to make their voices heard with Pierre-Karl Péladeau.

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Posted at 1:02 p.m. EDT

Around thirty Videotron employees locked out since October 30 are in Toronto to make their voices heard with the boss of Quebecor.

Pierre-Karl Péladeau is one of the speakers at the Canadian Telecommunications Summit which is being held in the Queen City this week.

Members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) tried Monday to disrupt his speech by heckling outside the Westin conference center, where the meeting is taking place.

The 214 employees of Videotron in Gatineau, which belongs to Quebecor, have been locked out for 231 days and without an employment contract since August 31, 2020.

According to the local president of the union, Nick Garneau, salaries are not the central point of the negotiations which focus more on job security.

years I still have my job, that it will not be transferred overseas or to a subcontractor.”,”text”:”I want to make sure that in 10 years I still have my job, that it will not not transferred overseas or subcontracted.”}}”>I want to make sure that in 10 years, I still have my job, that it will not be transferred overseas or to a subcontractor.says Mr. Garneau.

The management of the telecommunications company claimed at the start of the conflict that it had no other choice but to resort more to subcontracting, since 350 positions in its call centers would be vacant, despite its recruitment efforts.

Although the negotiation channel is still open, union members say no significant progress has been made in months.

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