February 13th, 2014

NDP alarmed as anti-worker bill returns to House; Conservatives agree to major concessions

As expected, Conservative members of the human resources committee have sent C-525, a bill that restricts the ability of workers to form a union, back to the Houses of Commons for a third and final vote over opposition from New Democrats.

“This bill will make it more difficult for workers to form a union, exposing them to greater intimidation from employers and union-busting consultants. Although we were unable to block this piece of anti-labour legislation, New Democrats won major concessions to the bill“ said Labour critic Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont--La Petite-Patrie).

Prior to amendment, voting thresholds included in C-525 would have made it nearly impossible for workers in federal jurisdiction to form a union.

“Our New Democrat team fought hard to ensure that when union elections are held, a majority of voters will determine whether workers form a union,” said Employment and Social Development critic Jinny Sims (Newton--North Delta). "Fairness is not a principle New Democrats will ever sell out."