"This review is a good first step in the process of restoring fairness to both the labour code, and the BC Labour Relations Board." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Vancouver (26 March 2018) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) has submitted multiple recommendations to a panel of special advisors currently reviewing British Columbia's Labour Relations Code. The submission calls for changes that properly reflect the needs and interests of workers in B.C.'s modern economy.
Review provides opportunity to modernize B.C.'s labour code
The BCGEU/NUPGE's submission is based on 3 themes:
1. That workers be entitled to make their own internal decision to unionize without employer pressure.
2. That workers be entitled to fairness, timeliness and finality when it comes to labour decisions.
3. That the labour code be responsive to the erosion of workers' rights in the modern economy due to more precarious, part-time, contract and contingent employment.
"The labour code is a significant piece of legislation that informs both how B.C.'s workers organize to join unions, and how unionized workers and their employers interact," says Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President. "This review is a good first step in the process of restoring fairness to both the labour code and the BC Labour Relations Board."
Labour code not amended for 15 years
The labour code review panel is holding public hearings in 10 communities across the province, from now through mid-April, and the panel will report its findings and recommendations back to Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, by August. The labour code has not been reviewed or amended in 15 years.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE