Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights launches new website

www.labourrights.ca is a valuable research and educational tool for those interested in promoting and protecting labour rights

Ottawa (1 November 2011) – The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) today launched a new website to assist with its primary objective to create greater public awareness and understanding of labour rights as a key critical component of human rights.

The website – www.labourrights.ca – was originally built in 2006 by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) as an online tool for its ongoing Labour Rights are Human Rights campaign. The site has been totally revamped and will now be used to promote the work of the CFLR.

The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) is a national organization devoted to promoting labour rights as an important means to strengthening democracy, equality and economic justice here in Canada and internationally. CFLR was established in May 2010 and is sponsored by NUPGE.

The revamped website contains a number of new features including directories on:

  • the 194 regressive labour laws passed in Canada in the past three decades which have restricted, suspended or denied collective bargaining rights for Canadian workers;
  • the 81 complaints filed with the International Labour Organization (ILO) against restrictive labour laws passed in Canada since 1982; and
  • summaries of Canadian jurisprudence on collective bargaining rights following the historic 2007 Supreme Court of Canada BC Health Services decision which recognized for the first time the constitutional right to collective bargaining.

It also provides information on several key issues including:

  • the positive role unions play in society;
  • the importance of the right to freedom of association as a cornerstone of democracy; and
  • strategies to defend, promote and strengthen labour rights.

Labourrights.ca is a valuable research and educational tool for those interested in promoting and protecting labour rights,” said NUPGE President, and CFLR Board member, James Clancy. “We also hope to use the site as a forum for progressive members of the labour law community to promote their independent research which is consistent with the objectives of the Foundation.”

“Considering the fierce attack on the labour rights of Canadian workers by the Harper government in the past six months, I can’t think of a better time to launch this website. Labourrights.ca is designed to counter this ideological attack with solid research and data on the important role labour rights play in a functioning democracy and an equitable and sustainable economy.” 

CFLR 

The Canadian Foundation for Labour Rights (CFLR) was established in 2010 by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

CFLR is a national voice devoted to promoting labour rights as an important means to strengthening democracy, equality and economic justice here in Canada and internationally. The key objectives of the Foundation are to create greater public awareness and understanding of labour rights as a key critical component of human rights and build effective political momentum and public support for progressive labour law reform. CFLR

NUPGE

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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



 

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