Labour Relations

Today the NDP Caucus grilled government on missed opportunities and long overdue actions needed to protect and support our province’s workers.


The NDP Caucus is questioning why government has introduced a Private Member’s Motion when government already has the power to deal with protracted labour disputes.

The NDP Caucus has been calling on government to act on the recommendation of the Voisey’s Bay Industrial Inquiry to allow for binding arbitration to settle disputes where collective bargaining has truly failed.


The NDP Caucus says the doubling up of ministerial portfolios is shortchanging the people of the province as urgent matters continue regarding strained labour relations and cuts to post-secondary education.


NDP Leader Gerry Rogers says the Minister must take action to amend the Labour Relations Act so that binding arbitration would be triggered in situations where a company is found to be bargaining in bad faith. Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) says the lock-out of D-J Composites workers in Gander has gone on for 16 months with no end in sight.

St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers

The Come by Chance oil refinery laid off more than 100 workers last week; concerns about the implications of the layoffs, including health and safety and issues arising from the reduced staffing levels, are swirling. Today the NDP Caucus brought some of those questions to the House of Assembly, looking for some sign that government is taking the issues seriously.

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP House Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi) says government’s recent actions around labour negotiations are reminiscent of those taken by employers in some of the bitterest labour disputes ever seen in this province.

NDP Justice Critic Gerry Rogers

NDP Justice critic Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) focused attention Wednesday in the House of Assembly on working conditions at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary, citing the large amount of 24-hour shifts, overtime, and shifts without meal breaks being worked by people at the Pen.

NDP Labour Relations Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Labour Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says government must step in to alleviate the toxic work environment at the IOC mine in Labrador City. Michael adds that a change to the Labour Relations Act, if government were willing to make it, would work to prevent similar future situations.

NDP Labour Relations Critic Lorraine Michael

NDP Critic for Labour Relations Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) says it’s no surprise that the union representing iron ore workers in Labrador West is calling for an industrial inquiry into labour relations at the mine: there are 2400 outstanding grievances, 150 workers scheduled for layoffs, and the union couldn’t even get a meeting with the Premier when he was in the town in Fe

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael

NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) is expressing concern over the worsening labour relations climate at the IOC mine. United Steelworkers Local 5795 has filed approximately 2,500 grievances on behalf of workers in past months and is now raising a red flag regarding the changed shift schedule the company has arbitrarily introduced.



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