Federal Anti-Scab Law Defeated
On May 4, 2003 I wrote about Bill C-328 (the federal anti-scab legislation). The Bill was recently defeated and the Canadian Labour Congress has expressed its "deep disappointment". You can view some of the speeches. This has been an ongoing debate among unions and employers. To what degree, if any, should employers be precluded from operating their business during a lawful strike or lockout? Quebec has the most restrictive legislation which, for a brief time during the reign of the NDP saw the light of day in Ontario. The Ontario legislation prevents employers from using "professional strike breakers" during a lawful strike.