Labour minister predicts CBC talks will resume shortly

Government refuses to cut broadcaster’s public funds
||Last Updated: 09/12/2005

Both sides of the two-week-long labour dispute will be back at the bargaining table soon, predicted federal Labour Minister Joe Fontana.

Fontana might name a special mediator to help talks along but Heritage Minister Liza Frula told the Toronto Star last week that the government had no intention of cutting CBC’s funding for the duration of the lockout, despite pleas from the union.

The Canadian Media Guild, which represents the 5,500 locked-out workers, asked the federal government to withhold the broadcaster’s public funds so that the lockout wouldn’t just be a cost-saving measure for the CBC.