Monday, December 21, 2009

Canada - Telecom Union seeks to reverse Govt's decision to allow Globalive/Wind to operate

[all headline news] The Communications Energy and Paperworkers' union plans to seek a reversal of the Ministry of Industry's decision permitting Globalive Communications to enter Canada's tight telecom market through the launch of its Wind Mobile wireless service.

CEP President Dave Coles said the decision is illegal, but hesitated from appealing with the ministry and would rather challenge the ruling in court.

Industry Minister Tony Clement reversed the ruling by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission which blocked Globalive on the premise that the larger part of the company is owned by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris. However, Clement pointed out voting shares are held by Canadian investor and at least 80 percent of the company directors are Canadians.

Coles said in a statement, "This decision is a sellout of Canadian national interests and a betrayal of Canadian culture."

He added, "In straight forward terms, this decision is illegal and an affront to Canadian democracy."

Telecom Union Seeks To Reverse Industry Ministry's Decision On Globalive

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