We are very pleased to report that the Canadian Media Guild and CBC management have reached an agreement in principle that will form the basis for a new, fair collective agreement.
Here are some initial highlights of the deal:
- we have a strong commitment to permanent staff as the standard for employment at the CBC.
- We have improved rights for contract and temporary employees.
- Wages will increase by 12.6 percent over the life of the contract to March 31, 2009. There will be full retroactivity for all employees on the payroll prior to the lockout, including contract and temporary employees. There will also be a $1000 signing bonus.
Canadian Media Guild
Congrats to all CBC employees for sticking this one out and to the bargaining teams for reaching a settlement!
I'm really looking forward to seeing the details of this agreement. That first point is of crucial importance to us. Wages can be a bit lower but if there's no commitment, there's no stability. For most of us, that would mean no life, or a very unstable one at the most. And again, that's not what we're looking forward to.