Labour Rights Under Attack

212 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.

86 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

The ILO adopted it's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, reaffirming the commitment of the international community “to respect, to promote and to realize in good faith more...

June 18, 1998

In Quotes

"Unions are about fairness: workplace fairness; economic fairness; opportunity fairness; political fairness; and democratic fairness. Unions promote fairness, not just for their members, but for more...

James Clancy, National President, National Union of Public and General Employees,

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