Labour Rights Under Attack

218 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

The Liberal government of Prime Minister Trudeau enacted the Public Sector Compensation Act (Bill C-124), legislation that limited federal public sector wage increases to six and five percent over more...

August 4, 1982

In Quotes

It is the role of a democratic government in a civil society to defend all human rights. Human rights cannot flourish where labour rights are not enforced. more...

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

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