Union official calls lockout of 130 Yellow Pages workers ‘disgraceful’

Company recently announced 500 jobs to be cut
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 09/17/2018
Labour relations
Seeking a strike mandate is on the agenda of a general assembly on Thursday. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

MONTREAL (CP) — A union official is denouncing the lockout of 130 sales representatives by Yellow Pages Ltd. on Monday night as “disgraceful” and “a complete surprise.”

Christian Leonard, head of the affected unit in the Canadian Office and Professional Employees (COPE) union, says the move is designed to break the union and try to obtain concessions.

Leonard says Yellow Pages has not presented the union with a final offer and he would not provide details about demands presented by either side.

Seeking a strike mandate is on the agenda of a general assembly on Thursday.

The Montreal-based company said Monday it had no choice but to impose a lockout, accusing the union of being inflexible.

The company announced a plan in January to cut roughly 500 jobs across Canada in an effort to reduce spending and improve its results amid lower digital and print revenues.

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