Sunday, September 25, 2005

CBC Lockout Watch, Day 42

Nothing new to report from the negotiations, as both sides await tomorrow's meeting with Labour Minister Joe Fontana.

This woman has been a casual employee with the CBC for eight years. She could be called into work on a moment's notice. At the end of the day, she doesn't know if she'll be called back in again.

Though she bewails her fate as an eternal casual employee at CBC, living from day to day without security or benefits, I can't help but ask why she hasn't left for another broadcaster, or another line of work.

Such tenacity can only be attributed to the almost cultlike devotion that CBCers have to their particular concept of public broadcasting. CBC can string these people along for years of broken promises and mistreatment, and they come back like masochists for more.

The more abuse they take, the more they'll get.

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