Aliant contract is sign of the times: CEP

Wage freeze is exchanged for work guarantees, no closures
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/01/2010

Bell Aliant and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers (CEP) have reached a tentative agreement for the second time after an earlier pact was rejected and the company announced cost-cutting measures. Those cuts would have included layoffs, the closure of three of five Atlantic customer contact centres and the elimination of benefits for new retirees.

The union and the telecommunications firm first reached a tentative agreement in June. That deal would have given employees three years of job security but no wage increase. About 65 per cent of the almost 3,000 workers covered by the agreement voted against it.