CBC union calls for shakeup in leadership

Rough road ahead for labour relations at public broadcaster: Lawyer
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/30/2015

Canada’s public broadcaster is again at odds with employees — this time, with the union and leadership butting heads.

Cuts to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s labour force coupled with ideological shifts (including a focus on digital programming and reductions to local reporting ) have prompted the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and its French counterpart, the Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada, to call for new leadership.

The move is a rare and unprecedented one for the union, but president Carmel Smyth said the dismantling of the CBC over the last eight years has finally reached a tipping point.