Vancouver, B.C. – Federally appointed conciliators recommended today that the 30-day communications blackout, which began November 14, be extended to January 12, 2004 to allow the parties to focus on negotiations.
The current conciliation period began as planned on November 14, at which time each party tabled a comprehensive written document, which served as the basis for the discussions that followed. Since the initial meeting, the parties have met several times to clarify and discuss both the company's and the union's documents.
The conciliators have scheduled the next meeting between the parties to take place on January 5, 2004.
TELUS is prepared to accept the conciliators' recommendations and expects that the process they have outlined will allow talks to progress under their guidance.
This blackout only applies to collective bargaining issues. TELUS will continue to keep the media updated on other company business and provide information and comments as appropriate.
TELUS and the TWU have been negotiating a new agreement for more than 10,760 team members since November 2000 and been involved in conciliation with the help of two federal conciliators since November 2002.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and the second largest in the country, with more than $7 billion of annual revenue, 4.9 million network access lines and 3.3 million wireless subscribers. The company provides subscribers with a full range of telecommunications products and services including data, voice and wireless services across Canada, utilizing next generation Internet-Protocol-based network technologies. TELUS was a premier founding supporter of the successful bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to Canada.
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