Lockout Hits CBC
Well, there will likely be some changes to the content of my site now that a labour dispute has resulted in one of the largest media labour actions in Canadian history. Already the CBC website (quoted above) look radically different as it’s obvoius there are no staff to update content properly. And the 24-hour news service called "CBC Newsworld" seems to be running on auto-pilot with pre-recorded programming…something one never sees on the channel’s morning programming generally.
The main issue? Yep – job security. Why unions stick on this point these days I have no idea. Unfortunately, it’s a losing battle with almost every other sector of the economy having either capitulated or simply never bothered to fight this battle. And it doesn’t look likely that the union will win here either.
Should one be sympathetic? Well as a contract worker who’s reasonably satisfied with his status at the moment – can’t say I am. Too often when this idea gets written into a collective agreement, it ends up hurting the company, and in the media industry – I’m not sure the CBC can really afford it.
On the other hand, this labour action is so comprehensive and wide-reaching, I’m not sure the CBC can actually operate like this for very long. Already, I changed the channel away from my dose of morning news to CTV Newsnet….