I've been looking at corporate Wikipedia pages for several days now and this is a first.
Rogers was fined $75,000 after weaponizing the Montreal police against a worker who they believed stole office equipment. The worker fell down the stairs in a violent arrest involving 8 officers, had their home torn apart, personal cell phones and computers confiscated and spent a night in jail over a used blackberry.
Can I get an ACAB?
Rogers internal investigations team was found to have "made and example" of him to warn other employees.
Rogers owns Maclean's, which thrust this bullshit into our collective eyeballs...
Some more highlights:
- They added a bunch of new channels in 1995 as a free preview and then just started billing customers for them without any notice
- Rogers call centre employees are pressured to lie and push sales onto elderly people who don't understand or need their services - or else risk getting fired
- Tried to include a clause in Rogers email customer contracts stating "By using the services you agree that you have obtained the consent of your friends and contacts to provide their personal information (for example: their email address or telephone number)..."
- Threatening to cut investments (and therefore jobs) if the CRTC tries to allow more competition from smaller independent mobile and internet providers
Shaw isn't much better in regard to shows of force to intimidate workers. If you're in BC, you've likely heard stories about Shaw's prolific union-busting...
Not to mention their past use of ye olde "Independent contractor" scam to screw and underpay workers.
Left Merch used Shaw as our internet provider for years, but when we started working from home during the pandemic, the bandwidth was garbage - despite the fact that we were paying the highest tier! So we switched to Telus, which also sucks.
And while technically Corus Entertainment has been spun off into its own entity separate from Shaw, the Shaw family still runs Corus, so we're going to include them as part of Shaw. Don't @ us.
Some more highlights:
- In 2016, Corus Entertainment (Global News) changed the benefits package seemingly in retaliation for unionizing.
- Corus also fired workers who were openly critical of systemic racism within the company
- Shaw laid off 10% of their workers during the pandemic while making $200 million profit and the CEO Brad Shaw makes $6.9 million (plus he owns $165 million in company shares).
- Corus had paid "infomercials" about investment advice on their radio stations that never explicitly stated they were paid advertisements, then it was revealed that the "expert guests" featured in the segments were scam artists operating a fake investment company to which some listeners lost tens of thousands of dollars
They're a terrible employer, their internet is terrible and Freedom mobile will drop a call if you sit near a particularly girthy tree.
Interestingly enough, Shaw and Rogers actually briefly co-owned failed streaming service Shomi from 2014-2016. Do with that what you will.