Labour Rights Under Attack

216 Restrictive labour laws

In the past three decades Canadians have seen a serious erosion of a fundamental and universal human right, their right to organize into a union and engage in full and free collective bargaining.  Federal and provincial governments have passed numerous labour laws since 1982 that have restricted, suspended or denied collective bargaining rights for Canadian workers.

89 ILO Complaints

Since 1982, Canada's record with respect to the number of complaints submitted to the International Labour Law’s (ILO) Freedom of Association Committee is one of the worst of all of the ILO’s 183 member States with unions in Canada filing more complaints than the national labour movements of any other country.

This month in labour rights history

Saskatchewan's new CCF government passed the Trade Union Act, the first legislation of its kind in North America to give government employees the right to form unions and bargain collectively more...

November 14, 1944

In Quotes

"High rates of unionization lead to greater income equality, lower unemployment and inflation, higher productivity and speedier adjustments to economic shocks." more...

Unions and Collective Bargaining Economic Effects in a Global Environment, The World Bank,

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