Hon. G. C. Nowlan (Minister of National Revenue):
I have been anticipating this
question for two or three days, so for a change I have a statement prepared. I am advised by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as follows.
The situation has arisen in connection with a claim by members of the international alliance of theatrical stage employees in Montreal that some employees should not handle both scenery and properties in television studios as they had been doing for some time, or should have additional pay for so doing. This question was pending last week in the procedure for dealing with grievances as provided in the collective agreement between the union and the corporation.
On Saturday a group of 41 employees, not waiting for the outcome of the legal grievance procedure, refused to do part of their normally assigned duties. They were informed that they would be dismissed if they did not carry out their work as usual, which they continued to refuse to do. There has been no lock-out. Other employees in this category, however, have failed to report for work since the incidents on Saturday.
The corporation feels that a strike in this matter would be illegal. Discussions are continuing at the present time, with the outcome still uncertain.