Anti-scab provisions: Employers Council wants status quo

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Anti-strikebreaker provisions: the Employers Council wants the status quo

According to the Conseil du patronat, additional measures against scabs would harm the competitiveness of businesses under federal jurisdiction. (File photo)

The passage of anti-scab legislation in federal jurisdictions would risk unbalancing the current report of forces between the parties for the benefit of the unions, to damage the confidence of external markets in the Canadian economy and to deprive citizens of goods related to their health.

This is what the Conseil du patronat du Qu├ębec (CPQ) supports in a brief it sent to the federal government, which launched a consultation on the advisability of framing the recourse to replacement workers in the event of a strike or lockout. The issue of essential services to be maintained in the event of a strike or lockout is also addressed.

It is the public, third-party businesses and the Canadian economy as a whole that would be held hostage to a ban on the use of replacement workers, deprived of goods and services. services they can hardly do without, pleads the CPQ in its brief.

Businesses under federal jurisdiction are found, for example, in the banking, telecommunications, ports, road railway and air transport.

Unions have been campaigning for years to obtain an anti-scab law in companies under federal jurisdiction, as there has been one in Quebec for more than 40 years.

But the Conseil du patronat believes that legislating on the matter at the federal level would upset the balance in the balance of power between the parties, to the benefit of the unions.

The organization also fears for the reputation of Canada internationally if such provisions are adopted.

A ban on the use of replacement workers in businesses under federal jurisdiction could have a major adverse impact on Canada's international competitiveness and curb foreign investment and, incidentally, job creation in the country, writes the CPQ .

It even mentions possible repercussions on the health and safety of citizens. By way of illustration, if due to a strike in the transport sector, a hospital is unable to supply itself with parts for ambulances, it is possible that deaths will occur for lack of a vehicle. #x27;functional emergency to respond to situations where the lives of individuals are in danger, he illustrates.

Also, if the baggage handlers of an airport are on strike, it is possible that a traveler does not have their medication once they arrive at their destination, which can cause very serious health problems, he adds.

If the federal Minister of Labor ever decides to legislate to regulate the use of replacement workers, the CPQ asks that the ban only apply to people outside the labor force. x27; company on strike or locked out.

Where applicable, he also asks that the definition of essential services to be maintained be entrusted to the the Federal Court, which he believes is better suited to judge the public interest, than the Canada Industrial Relations Board, which specializes in labor matters.

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