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Thursday, September 29, 2005
  CBC 117: No change for casuals:CBC

CBC management just sent out their latest e-mail.

It answers the question that eveyrone was asking last night, "What about casuals?"

The CBC's answer:
Fact: Currently, there is no limitation on the hiring of freelance fixed term, temporary or casual employees. The percentage of employees on short-term employment arrangements (temporary and casual) fluctuates with replacement needs (maternity backfill, sick leave replacement, etc) and with major projects like Federal elections and Canada Day coverage. The conditions under which short-term employees may be hired have not changed significantly, and the overall percentage has remained relatively constant due to the nature of these hires. This will not change

Complete message on management negotiations site.

That seems to mean, as I proposed in my post earlier today, that CBC management is arguing with the CMG over contract or permanent status for what the CBC considers longer term employees. At this point, they don't want to do anything about the revolving door of casualization. They don't want to handle the fact that there have been people who deserve to be staff who have been casuals for years. The fact that they put this in their communique shows that they don't have a problem with the revolving door. They don't get it.

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