Global News cut jobs at its operations in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia including in Edmonton and Calgary.
Today the Corus owned company announced restructuring to eliminate jobs, including union positions.
“We are saddened and disappointed that Corus elected to take this action in the midst of a pandemic,” said Unifor Media One President Simon Boniface..
“We call upon the Canadian government to correct the financial inequities that allow the internet giants to siphon much-needed funds out of the Canadian television business and damage the foundation of our democracy.”
As Canada’s largest media union, Unifor has asked the federal government to close the loophole in section 19 of the Income Tax Act to end corporate write-offs for buying digital advertising on foreign internet platforms.
“Legislating the so-called ‘Google Tax’ on large foreign digital corporations would help to even the playing field for Canadian media outlets,” Dias said. “It makes no sense to continue to allow international internet companies a free ride while our ability to provide Canadian news and maintain jobs is threatened.”
The union is also demanding that the federal government finance tax credits for TV news by legislating a national news fund with Google and Facebook as its major contributors.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.