Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Telus' Labour Woes

Telus' Labour Woes

by Mark Evans on May 4, 2005 08:57PM (EDT)
Telus CEO Darren Entwistle has made quite a name for himself since being hired in 2000. The list of accomplishments includes the acquisition of Clearnet; reducing operating costs, and establishing a beachhead in Eastern Canada. The only hurdle left to overcome is hammering out a new collective bargaining agreement with 11,000 unionized employees. The big problem, however, is the stalemate between the two sides shows no sign of disappearing. Among the things Entwistle is trying to fix is "adjusting" the nine weeks of vacation enjoyed by Telus employees in B.C. If nine weeks is indeed accurate, no wonder employees aren't willing to budge. I mean, if I had nine weeks of vacation I'd be a much better golfer from spending most of the winter somewhere south. With Telus now threatening to lock out employees if the damage the network, things could get very nasty.
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