Steelworkers Welcome Progress on Rights of B.C. Workers

The United Steelworkers (USW) union is pleased that the British Columbia government is making progress with changes to Employment Standards legislation and the Labour Relations Code that will modernize and advance the rights of workers in B.C.

"It's been 27 years since legislation concerning the rights of workers has been updated and during that time we saw a viciously anti-worker B.C. Liberal government that tore up legal collective agreements and took direct aim at unions," says Stephen Hunt, USW Western Canadian Director.

"Today, we start to undo some of that damage, with more to do in the future."

Hunt says that includes expanding proposed changes to successorship to include all sectors, including forestry where loggers face constant contract flipping.

"Every B.C. worker deserves to have their successorship rights fully protected, no matter where they work."

The union will also continue to push for one-step, card check union certification. 

"The right to join, to organize and bargain collectively is fundamental and should be available to all workers without undue interference from employers," says Hunt.

"I'm pleased that Minister Harry Bains and the B.C. government have taken the important step of addressing some of the most egregious and draconian practices that the previous B.C. Liberal government inflicted on working people. It's important progress for our province and we look forward to continuing to work with the government on other equally important workplace issues that must be addressed."


For further information:

Stephen Hunt, USW District 3 Director, 604-816-2554

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