Anti-scab Legislation

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader and Labour Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is reiterating the long-standing message that the province needs anti-scab legislation to ensure fairness in labour negotiations.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL:Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Government rejected a call by the Voisey's Bay Industrial Inquiry Commission to provide a process for the imposition of a collective agreement when all else has failed, the only recommendation that they out-and-out refused to consider.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is not backing down from her demand that government level the labour relations playing field by introducing anti-scab legislation. The legislation, which is in place in other Canadian provinces, would take away the unfair advantage given to employers who can hire non-union members to do the work of striking employees.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

Labatt Breweries is using its forty-five workers in the Province to try to set a baseline for negotiations worldwide.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) continues to demand anti-scab legislation for this province. The NDP has been vocal on this issue for years; government committed to the measure in 2007 but has since apparently reneged.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The hon. the Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL:Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

 
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is withholding judgment on today’s Throne Speech until she sees what government actually does in the upcoming session.

 

Today members of the House of Assembly debated Bill 37, an act to amend the Labour Relations Act. NDP Labour Critic Dale Kirby (MHA, St. John’s North) took the opportunity to introduce an amendment which the NDP has been vocal about for years, and which government committed to supporting in 2007.

 

MR. SPEAKER: The Leader of the Third Party.

MS MICHAEL:Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

 

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says she shares the relief of FFAW workers who are back to work after a ten-week lockout. However, she says, the lengthy dispute served to highlight the need for anti-scab legislation in the province.

 

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