In the vote that was held on Saturday and Sunday, SCRC member employees decided in favour of the agreement in principle that has been reached between CBC/Radio-Canada and the union bargaining committee. The public broadcaster is very happy with this outcome, which follows two and a half years of bargaining. A meeting will be organized soon to formalize the ratification of the new collective agreement. The agreement will come into force at that time and will form the employment contract for the next three years, i.e., until 2021.
In CBC/Radio-Canada’s opinion, the new agreement will benefit the public broadcaster as well as its employees, at a time when the media landscape is changing and media organizations are having to adjust rapidly to audiences’ new consumption patterns. It will help the Corporation remain competitive and relevant and be more flexible in its operations.
“This new employment contract can only be a success if everyone pitches in and works together,” said CBC Senior Vice-President Michel Bissonnette. “It’s only by working together, as we have done so well in the past, that we will succeed in enriching the democratic life of Canadians across the country, by providing bold, original Canadian content. It’s by being a resolutely modern, forward-thinking public broadcaster, in tune with the needs of all communities, that we will be able to remain at the forefront of the creative scene in Canada over the coming years. The new collective agreement will give us the means to achieve our ambitions.”
“Over the next few weeks, we will ensure that the transition from the old collective agreements to the new one goes as smoothly as possible. We will continue to work with our employees to maintain a healthy workplace climate, so that everyone can contribute fully to the success of the public broadcaster of tomorrow,” said Mr. Bissonnette.