CBC/Radio-Canada asks the CIRB to review its union structure

May 31, 2012

CBC/Radio-Canada filed an application today with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to review the bargaining structure for employees working in the province of Quebec and Moncton, NB. This initiative is aimed at assisting the public broadcaster to attain the flexibility and versatility needed to address the many challenges it faces.

The union structure covered by the application for review consists of four bargaining units representing nearly 3,000 employees:

  • Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (SCRC), affiliated with the CSN
    (approximately 1,064 members as of April 8, 2012)
  • Syndicat des technicien(ne)s et artisan(e)s du réseau français de Radio-Canada (STARF)
    (approximately 930 members as of April 8, 2012)
  • Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP)
    (approximately 548 members as of April 8, 2012)
  • Association des réalisateurs (AR)
    (approximately 304 members as of April 8, 2012)

Two other units, the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and the Association des professionnels et des superviseurs (APS), also represent CBC/Radio-Canada employees, but are not involved in the application.

CBC/Radio-Canada believes that a simplified structure would contribute to a better work environment and allow it to operate more efficiently, in step with industry best practices. The CIRB filing is in line with a desire to have productive relations with its bargaining units and with an environment that yields high-quality content and that offers employees stimulating development and career opportunities.

Having the public broadcaster’s employees divided into four separate bargaining units does not meet these objectives. In the current broadcasting environment, CBC/Radio-Canada feels that a less complex structure would make it more competitive and help it better serve its audiences.

The CIRB will be examining the merits of CBC/Radio-Canada’s application to review its union structure in the coming months. More information on CBC/Radio-Canada’s filing with the CIRB can be found at cbc.radio-canada.ca/revision.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences

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