Thomas said it was “ironic, but not funny” that the government had passed Bill 148, which improves certain labour standards, “just a few days after it had walked all over the Charter rights of more than 12,000 workers.”
“When working people . . . say what they need, they have the power to get it. Bill 148 is a significant step forward for workers’ rights, and I think every union, community group, and individual who helped make it happen should take a bow.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Back to work legislation would have been unnecessary and students would have been back in class faster if the College Employer Council had taken negotiations seriously.
Are you concerned about the erosion of collective bargaining rights of working people in Canada and committed to reversing this dangerous trend? If so, then make sure you get the elected leaders in your community to sign the Workers’ Bill of Rights, a pledge affirming that all workers have the right to join a union and bargain collectively.
Canada is one of the few countries in the world that has yet to ratify all eight of the international standards recognized as being fundamental to the rights of human beings at work. These are the eight fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and are recognized as being fundamental to the rights of human beings at work which have been ratified by the overwhelming majority of ILO member States. Unfortunately, Canada has yet to ratify those Conventions governing forced labour, the minimum age for working and the right to collective bargaining.
This primer frames labour rights as a critical component of human rights helping to protect and promote the social and economic well-being of the human population. It examines how the erosion of labour rights weakens democracy and threatens the economic prosperity of a nation.
The Labour Movement after Fraser is a report of a seminar held May 30, 2011 on the Supreme Court of Canada decision on AG of Ontario v. Fraser.