some vacation!

When you're a rural telecommuter, being locked out is a lonely business.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

where'd that 25% go?


I am the only one who finds the number-slinging by CBC management disingenuous and self-serving?

I see the recent mail-out from CBC says that only 5% of current employees are on contract, INCLUDING (my emphasis) fixed-term freelance employees, of which I'm one. If memory serves, the actual ratio of workers on contract to CBC without permanent employment status is closer to 30%.

Which is it?

Oh, I get it now. It's 30% when you count those who work from one contract to the next with paid benefits but no job security, but it's only 5% when you count just those freelance employees without benefits of any kind.

Freelancers are on contract but not all contract employees are freelance: a convenient loophole for PR purposes.


At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

scum sucking vermon - those rat bastards should give the people who make CBC CBC, their due.

it completely sucks that you and the other on-air personal are locked out. both radio & tv suck huge right now. obviously management don't know how to run CBC. running BBC news doesn't cut it either - infact, BBC shouldn't be helping in an union/management dispute in this fashion.

i want my CBC back now.

let philly hang up her bathrob and return to the airwaves.

At 12:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just disingenous, it's downright deliberately misleading.

Five per cent of the CBC workforce are contract. Thirty per cent are non-permanent. That includes many many many (way too many) casuals who have no contract at all - some of whom have worked full-time for years but have no guarantee of work from day to day, and I might add, little respect from the corporation. They might find out on a Friday that they're laid off or they might discover that they're expected to work the 4am shift Saturday. Forget planning a holiday or getting a mortgage if you're a casual - Ma Corp may cut you loose at any time.

Thirty per cent on contract would actually be a huge improvement from the existing staffing model.


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