Union’s OT ban illegal

Telephone workers forced to lift ban.
By Laura Cassiani
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Unionized employees at telecommunications giant Telus Corp. who are in a fight to save jobs were ordered to lift a ban on overtime and relieving supervisory duties.

The Telecommunications Workers Union (TWU) put the ban in place after Canada’s second-biggest phone company announced it would cut between 1,200 and 2,200 jobs over the next two years. At the time of the announcement, Telus president Darren Entwistle said some employees would be put into new growth positions.

The TWU, which represents 17,000 of Telus’ 26,600 employees, imposed the ban because the company couldn’t give written assurances that the layoffs wouldn’t affect any of its members.