Unifor union and Bell Canada at an impasse in collective bargaining

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July 8 (Reuters) – Talks between Canadian office workers and telecommunications service provider Bell Canada (BCE.TO) have broken down after a week of negotiations, Unifor, the country’s largest private sector union, said on Friday. .

Unifor ACL, which represents unionized workers in the Bell Aliant unit of Bell Canada in four Atlantic provinces, declared an impasse Friday after talks ended in Toronto, Unifor said.

“Officers set a deadline when they voted to strike, and despite the clarity of workers’ demands, Bell has not seriously considered the issues that matter most to its employees at the table this week,” said Chris MacDonald, Unifor assistant to the national president. , said in a statement.

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Bell Canada did not immediately respond to an after-hours request for comment.

Workers are demanding a pay rise, the right to continue working from home and an enforceable employment floor in the bargaining unit, the union said.

In June, more than two-thirds of Bell office workers voted to strike.

Unifor, which represents 315,000 workers, was formed in 2013 by the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers Union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

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Reporting by Abinaya Vijayaraghavan and Rhea Binoy in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard

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