Quebec union challenges “electronic” scabs

Wants law amended to include remote employees
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2010

A Quebec union is asking the provincial government to amend its replacement worker legislation following two recent disputes involving work done by third parties off-site.

The Confédération des syndicats nationaux labour federation (CSN) represents 253 employees, mostly journalists, photographers and office staff, at Le Journal de Montréal who have been locked out since Jan. 24, 2009.

The union claims publisher Quebecor Media has been successfully publishing for the past 20 months by using journalists and photographers who are filing their work electronically via the internet.