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 National Union won an important victory in the Supreme Court of Canada (the Lavigne decision) on a case launched by the right-wing National Citizen’s Coalition on behalf of a community college more...

June 27, 1991

In Quotes

Canada's reputation as an international champion of human rights falls appallingly short when it comes to the question of workers' rights.  While we are among the first nations to sign more...

Ed Broadbent, Former Member of Parliament, Past President, Rights and Democracy,

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