Having just been drawn into the issue recently I went out and had a dig to see what I could see. In LabourTalk’s fashion, go ahead and form your own opinions.
Bill 45 – Public Sector Services Continuation Act
Bill 46 - Public Service Salary Restraint Act
Interesting stuff… if bearing a very Ayn Rand sort of name, but obviously going in the other direction.
NUPGE’s James Clancy has a few things to say:
Alberta's Bills 45 and 46: One of the worst attacks on labour rights in decades
Yeah James, but what about all the rights the unions are trampling all over every day?These proposed laws are a blatant violation of Canadians' fundamental rights to freedom of association and expression as contained in Canada's Charter. Equally offensive is the undemocratic way the Redford government introduced the legislation and the dictatorial process by which it intends to pass the two anti-union laws.
What about the way Newfoundland and Labrador government stole the right to a secret ballot vote from the workers in that province? I don’t recall any hew and outcry from NUPGE about that bit of legislation that was rammed through in 3 days last year.
NUPGE is a National Union of Public and General Employees, so they are in Newfoundland and Alberta
So… Newfoundland and Labrador is not “in Canada” James?Both Bills were introduced last week without any consultation with unions which will be impacted by the regressive legislation. The government introduced a motion to limit debate and enforce closure, even before the Bills were tabled in the legislature. This is unheard of in Canada – members of a legislature being asked to limit debate and enforce closure on draft legislation that they have not yet seen.
It is galling in the extreme when Clancy says, of his cause:
You can easily apply the exact statement to Newfoundland (NUPGE’s territory too) relative to the removal of the secret ballot vote:In tabling these two pieces of legislation, the Redford government has boldly demonstrated its willingness to negotiate in bad faith, ride roughshod over fundamental human rights of Canadians and ignore every international labour standard that our governments have set their signatures to.”
In tabling these two this piece of legislation, the Redford Newfoundland government has boldly demonstrated its willingness to negotiate in bad faith, ride roughshod over fundamental human rights of Canadians and ignore every international labour standard that our governments have set their signatures to.”
Am I the only person seeing this hypocrisy or is it now so common for these business unions that we just accept it? Who are these people… really?