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 NDP government of Ontario proclaimed Bill 49 which amended the Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act to extend the right to strike to employees of the Ontario Public Service and removed the more...

February 14, 1994

In Quotes

“Strong labour laws and higher unionization rates reduce income inequality by raising wages for all workers and ensuring more workers receive a higher proportion of national income.” more...

Richard Wilkinson, author of the bestseller "Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone,

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