Solidarity Rally – RCI – Rassemblement de solidarité

Radio Canada International employees

This Wednesday, June 20, 2012, the Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada, the  union representing almost all Radio Canada International employees,  is organizing a solidarity rally in Montreal, in front of the CBC/Radio-Canada building.

Most of the people you see in the photo have worked for decades explaining Canada to the world. Most will no longer be at RCI after our national public radio and television broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada announced an 80% cut in our budget.

RCI will no longer be a radio station. The last day of radio programming will be June 24, 2012. Our newsroom will be closed down. The Russian Service and the programme for Brazil will be abolished.  Our only presence will be on the Internet, and even there we will not continue any of our present programming.

We are calling on the Minister of Canadian Heritage, James Moore, to explain why on June 7, 2012, two months after CBC/Radio-Canada announced we would no longer be on shortwave radio, he paved the way for the end of our radio programming by changing the 2003 Order in Council that obliged us to be on shortwave and to consult with the ministry of Foreign affairs on geographic target areas and broadcast languages.

We are calling on the Canadian government to reverse the minister’s decision, to stop the cuts at RCI, and to give us financial autonomy from CBC/Radio-Canada.

For more details about the solidarity rally, click on the photo. Thanks!

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Admin RCI Action: Wojtek Gwiazda is the spokesperson for the RCI Action Committee which is supported and funded by the union that represents almost all RCI employees: the Syndicat des communications de Radio-Canada (SCRC). E-mail: Admin RCI Action tagged this post with: Read 79 articles by Admin RCI Action
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  1. James F. Borek says:

    If RCI does signoff you can thank Minister (bad news) Moore for his actions.
    The first RCI program I did listened to was “North Country” hosted by Wojtek Gwiazda.

    I will be there in spirit, and retuning here for updates.

    Thanks Wojtek for all your efforts.

    Thank You
    James Borek
    Niles, IL USA

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