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.
"Currently 16,000 members of my own union who are instructors, librarians and other professional staff in community colleges in the province of Ontario have been on strike for the past 3 weeks on this very issue. Over 60 per cent of the faculty are on short-term contracts, usually 4 months long. They are seeking creation of more permanent positions and equality of wages for contract staff." — Cliff Andstein, NUPGE delegate to PSI World Congress
“Governments have recognized that decent work is essential to reducing inequality, but most have been slow to take the action needed to promote it. The growth of decent work requires action by the labour movement.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"As you can see, the fight for a fair collective agreement is not over and we will be using all the legal means we have to fight Bill 148." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President.
"In hostile environments like these, it's easy to be frustrated and cynical. But we know that when we work together, no challenge is too big. On this Labour Day, as we take time to recover from our struggles and celebrate our gains, we look ahead to see what more can be done to improve our lives, the lives of our neighbours and our entire community." — Larry Brown, President, NUPGE