Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Canoe scabbing?

Labour relations talks have finally resumed in the nine-month lockout and strike at Journal de Quebec.

But with the new talks, there are renewed accusations Sun Media is using scab workers to publish the Quebec City newspaper.

The Montreal Gazette says Yves Morin, a lawyer representing the 250-plus CUPE members, is trying to prove Journal de Quebec is using 17 replacement workers in violation of Quebec law.

The Gazette story says Morin is surprised by the newspaper's claim that 10 editorial employees are doing the jobs of 50 reporters, editors and photographers.

Morin also questions identical stories appearing first at Quebecor-owned canoe.ca and then in the Journal.

"There were never Canoe journalists in Quebec City before the conflict," he said.

"When someone sends their story directly to the Journal, they are working at the Journal de Quebec."

Six days have been set aside for Quebec's labour relations commissioner Myriam B├ędard, to be used by April 1.

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