Friday, September 16, 2005

CBC strikers lockout Terry Fox run coverage

Browsing Nealenews, I came across this article on the CBC strike and the potential delay of Michaëlle Jean's swearing-in ceremony.

Prime Minister Paul Martin says neither he nor his ministers will cross a CBC picket line set up outside of the Senate for governor-general designate Michaëlle Jean's swearing-in ceremony, which means the event may not proceed on Sept. 27 as planned.

"I don't cross picket lines," Mr. Martin, speaking to reporters at a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, said Thursday after rumours that the Canadian Media Guild is not ruling out setting up pickets outside the official ceremonies in Ottawa.
I'd be quite happy to see Canada governor-generalless forever, but the actions of the CBC workers are best characterized as bullying and thuggery. So the status of a unionized public broadcasting employee somehow entitles you to set up picket lines wherever you please? Should we extend this 'right' to all unionized public employees? Apparently public servants own the country, so no property is sacred.

If the property is public, presumably that means all people everywhere have a right to enter that property and make use of it as and when they please? On the basis of what rights and standards can the public be prevented from entering a publically defined space?

Even more enraging though is the greed; in a stunning display of hypocrisy, those employed at public expense to inform and enlighten the public are sacrificing the greater good to their own interests:
Meanwhile, in St. John's, locked out CBC employees blocked a privately owned satellite truck Thursday on Signal Hill, where the network had planned a live broadcast on the 25th anniversary of the first Terry Fox run.

Union members say the public broadcaster planned to use the “scab labour” to go ahead with the show — which includes a choir singing, speeches and the start of a school childrens' run — on Friday.

“This is not about Terry Fox. This is not about cancer. This is not a negative message (about) our Canadian hero,” said Bob Sharpe, president of the local branch of the Canadian Media Guild, which represents CBC workers.

“This is a message to CBC: you can try and disguise it however you like. This is scab labour through the back door.”

4 comments:

Pietr said...

Why do unions stink?
It doesn't have to be that way.
But it is.

A Hermit said...

Let's keep it straight here; the CBC workers are not on strike; they have ben locked out. You want to point fingers here, point them at the management. They're the on;es who have created the problem.

MapMaster said...

Acknowledged, but no fingers are pointed here as far as the labour disruption is concerned (far from it, applause is in order). Strike or lockout — the distinction has no bearing on the actions of Paul Martin or the CBC employees.

Sorehead: It doesn't have to be that way, but it is because whenever you get a large enough group of people where membership is obligatory, those types that promise rewards for thuggish behaviour and banditry always rise to the top — rather like politicians in cities, provinces and countries.

Pietr said...

I think it is the wider problem of confusing 'muscle' with 'authority'; this is a social disease of which bad unions are a symptom.