OTTAWA (June 16, 2017) – The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) applauds the recent federal government action in support of fair and balanced labour relations in Canada.
Through the adoption of Bill C-4 and the ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention 98 on the “Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining,” the current government is delivering on its promise to support Canadian skilled workers as they work to grow the Canadian economy.
“As proud trade union members representing tens of thousands of hard-working Canadians, we appreciate the government’s actions and are committed to working with the government to ensure that Canada continues to have fair and balanced labour relations,” says Lionel Railton, IUOE Canadian Director.
“Every worker deserves to work in an environment where they have an active say in their safety, security, and well-being. Today we acknowledge and celebrate government actions that help us achieve that goal.”
Bill C-4 repeals the punitive anti-labour laws passed by the Conservative government in the previous session through private members’ bills C-377 and C-525. It restores the bargaining certification process that existed prior to June 15, 2015, and does away with unreasonable financial disclosure rules imposed on labour unions.
The ILO Convention 98 sets out rights for workers to organize and to negotiate collective agreements. It protects all workers from anti-union discrimination, including job termination for participating in union activities. By ratifying the convention, Canada recognizes the crucial role that strong unions and collective bargaining rights have in reducing inequality, protecting workers, and improving labour and working conditions.
You can read the official IUOE news release here (PDF).
Canada’s Building Trades Union (CBTU) has also released a detailed statement.